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Low Back Disorders - With Web Resource : Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation 3ed Hardcover – 15 Nov 2015
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Stuart McGill, PhD, is a professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a world-renowned lecturer and expert in spine function, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. He has written more than 300 scientific publications on lumbar function, mechanisms of low back injury, investigation of rehabilitation programs matched to specific categories of back pain patients, and the formulation of work-related injury avoidance strategies. He has received several awards for his work, including the Volvo Bioengineering Award for Low Back Pain Research from Sweden.
McGill has been an invited lecturer at many universities and delivered more than 300 addresses to societies around the world. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on assessment and reduction of the risk of low back injury to government agencies, corporations, professional athletes and teams, and legal firms. He is one of the few scientists who, in addition to performing research, is regularly requested by the medical profession to consult with challenging patients from around the world.
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Audiences: A reference for physical and occupational therapists, sport and orthopedic physicians, rehabilitation specialists, athletic trainers, and fitness specialists. Also useful for students as a primary or secondary resource on biomechanics and low back disorders.
Gain insight into the causes and treatments of low back pain
In Low Back Disorders, Third Edition With Web Resource, internationally recognized low back specialist Stuart McGill presents the latest research and applications of back anatomy and function for recognizing the many pain triggers and then subsequently matching the most effective prevention and rehabilitation programs for each patient or client. Practical checklists throughout the text provide easy access to important information on assessment. A web resource with 20 fillable handouts and a suite of online videos demonstrate techniques and key concepts. Instructor ancillary materials featuring an image bank are also available.
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Low Back Disorder offers a way out: a systematic, scientifically based method of thinking about the biomechanics of the low back and how to specifically diagnose and specifically treat low back pain by changing postures, movements and loads and prescribing the appropriate type and "dose" of exercise. This one volume is a clear antidote to the ineptitude that ails conventional spine care and it is worth mentioning that Professor McGill has restored countless elite athletes with devastating spine injuries (Google Brian Carroll). These methods clearly have worked for Professor McGill.
The level of clinical precision in diagnosis and treatment for low back pain is something I thought was impossible. In conventional medicine, it is posited that over 85% of cases of low back pain have no directly detectable cause. This amorphous entity is known as nonspecific low back pain and underlies the futility of modern practice. It is truly a bankrupt expertise to not knowing what is going on 85% of the time! So you can imagine what a relief it was to read that there was no such thing as nonspecific low back pain. Rather it was a case of "clinicians reaching the limit of their expertise." It seemed to be a minor miracle that a higher level of insight was possible after having it drilled into me for years that even a specific diagnosis was generally impossible.
It has been about two years since I bought Low Back Disorders and I can say with the certainty of personal experience that this system of thought, collectively known as the McGill method is effective. By applying these principles, I am gaining insights that I never imagined I could gain. I have helped improve patients to whom I previously could offer nothing but medication and I personally can diagnose over 90% of all cases of low back pain I encounter. This should be required reading for any professional who practices clinical spine care--chiropractors, physical therapists and doctors. I suspect that if you do the deep work of mastering the contents of this book, you will become one of the best spine practitioners in your community.
If you are not interested in this level of depth or find anatomy conversations boring or difficult I would read Back Mechanic instead. This is unashamedly as resource for the physical treatment industry.