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Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0736042413
ISBN-10: 0736042415
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Stuart McGill, PhD, is a professor at the University of Waterloo in, Ontario, Canada and an internationally recognized lecturer and expert in spine function and injury prevention and rehabilitation. He has written more than 200 scientific publications that address lumbar function, low back injury mechanisms, investigation of tissue loading during rehabilitation programs, 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. Dr. McGill has been an invited lecturer at many universities and delivered more than 200 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 consults and to whom patients are regularly referred.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736042415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736042413
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Jordan on January 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Everyone who deals with backs, either in sports (athletes, coaches, trainers), physicians, therapists, and back pain patients themselves, should read this book. I am a physician who specializes in back disorders and back pain. I have followed Dr. McGill's reseach for many years and it has revolutionized my practice like nothing else. One of my top priorities with back pain patients is to review what exercises they have been given in the past. I invariably stop them from doing several excercises that Dr. McGill's research has proven to be quite harmful for the back. I Substitute the 'big three' excercises that are described in this book, and many of the patients need no further intervention. There is a great deal of misinformation regarding back excercise, and many of the excercise routines used in sports, schools, military, and fitness centers are harmful. That is why this book is so important; not because it gives another fitness guru's opinion, but because it gives good, scientifically based facts on one of the tougher clinical issues from a world renown expert. Thank you Dr. McGill - keep the research coming!

Also check out Dr. McGill's other book "Ultimate back fitness and performance" for a less technically dense description of many of the same issues.
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This is a superb book that is useful for both clinicians and patients alike. Using methods based on electromyographic measurements published by McGill and his colleagues in many scientific journals, he ascertains which muscles are activated in a variety of exercises. This becomes important for patients who have low back problems and must avoid heavy spine loads both in the fitness center and at work. He lists a variety of commonly prescribed exercises that should be avoided by persons with low back problems: sit ups, pelvic tilts, leg raises, low back extension exercises on machines and hip flexion exercises using the Roman chair. He then recommends a series of exercises that are designed to strengthen back muscles and stabilize the spine while at the same time minimizing spinal compression that could exacerbate back problems: the curl-up, side bridges and "bird dog" leg extensions.

This book should be recommended reading for all physical therapists and strength trainers with clients having low back problems and is a must for those suffering from low back pains.
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This wonderful text focuses on the all important role of activity, exercise, and fitness in the prevention and treatment of low back disorders. In particular, the clinical publications emerging from Australia and Denmark are reviewed and balanced by scientific investigation of spinal loads with different activities. Professor McGill's book is highly practical and thoroughly evidence-based.
This new book fills a void as a perfect cornerstone to the biopsychosocial model of patient reactivation recommended by international guidelines throughout the world (AHCPR, CSAG, DIHTA). Most significantly, the patient reactivation model being advocated by evidence-based experts today is made more clinically relevant as a result of this thoughtful and practical presentation of the "tools of the trade" for presecribing physiologically sound reactivation approaches. This is the ideal complement to simple reassuring reactivation advice being recommended for acute, uncomplicated low back pain patients and more involved cognitive-behavioral strategies being recommended for complex, chronic patients. It is most relevant for those subacute patients who are at risk of becoming chronically disabled.
McGill highlights the recent scientific evidence which has unmasked the failure of diagnostic imaging to find the "cause" of back pain. He instead points clinicians towards the often ignored literature about the methods available for establishing the patient's functional diagnosis. This section is of great clinical value since most health care providers perform a limited functional assessment of low back pain patients.
Popular concepts such as stability are defined, quantified, and made practical.
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I have had chronic lower back pain for over 25 years. I have been to back specialists, the Back Institute, Acupunturists, Massage Therapists, and many Chiropractors. In addition, I read many books on my problem. I have a classic case of acute lower back pain - degenerative discs and some arthritis. I followed the Back Institute's regimen of exercises for 20 years and my family doctors for 5 years. I now realize I was given the wrong exercises and aggrivated the situation.
Two acquiantences recommended Dr. Mcgill's exersises in his book "Lower Back Disorders". I started doing the "Curl Ups", the "Side Bridge" and the "Birddog" exercises. For over one and a half years I have been virtually pain free. I can't believe it. In the past, every year the pain would become so severe I would miss work and be flat on my back.
This past year I have been doing extensive renovations around my home and cottage. I have been lifting 70lb. bundles of shingles up ladders, digging trenches, and moving yards of top soil. My back seems very flexible. Generally I feel great. Some days after the extreme physical activity I feel discomfort. This is caused by sore muscles and arthritis in my pelvic region. I have not had any immobility like in the past.
Finding Dr Mcgill's book was a miracle for me. I feel like I was "cured". I have highly recommended it to many of my friends.
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