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Low Back Disorders [Hardcover]

Stuart McGill
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1 Sep 2007
Access the latest research and applications to build effective prevention and rehabilitation programs for your patients or clients with "Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation, Second Edition". Internationally recognized low back specialist Stuart McGill presents original research to quantify the forces that specific movements and exercises impose on the low back, dispels myths regarding spine stabilization exercises, and suggests prevention approaches and strategies to offset injuries and restore function. "Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation, Second Edition", presents a clear exposition of back anatomy and biomechanics and demonstrates how to interpret the latest research on low back involvement for clinical applications. The text also contains detailed information on injuries associated with seated work and sport and ergonomic issues related to manual handling of materials. With "Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation, Second Edition", you will gain valuable information on measured loading of the back during specific activities and apply it to avoid common, but counterproductive practices in back rehabilitation; learn how to analyze each patient's or client's unique physical characteristics and lifestyle factors to tailor preventive measures and treatments to individual needs; learn how to help patients and clients progress through the stages of rehabilitation: corrective exercise, stability or mobility, endurance, and strength; and acquire the information necessary to design an effective injury-prevention program. This fully updated second edition expands knowledge of low back disorders and best practices in several areas. Enhanced algorithms guide progessive therapeutic exercise, and specially designed patient assessment provocation tests aid you in determining the cause of back troubles, guide your choices in the best ways to eliminate problems, and improve the development of appropriate activities for functional gain. Whereas the first edition focused on increasing spine stability, the second edition provides new information on dealing with both regional instability or mobility and regional stiffness present in individuals where most of the motion occurs at a single spinal segment. With an expanded repertoire of pain-free motion exercises and additional information on ways to find and adjust stabilization exercises, "Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation, Second Edition", offers you new tools to help your patients and clients achieve pain-free exertion. The text includes exercises and activities that provide a solid foundation of physical work in preparation for more advanced activities in sports and occupations. Also, the process of transitioning into performance exercise is outlined with an explanation of the critical stages of the performance pyramid, including the design of appropriate corrective exercise, building joint and whole-body stability, enhancing endurance, training true strength, and transitioning to ultimate performance. "Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation, Second Edition", presents foundational information and corresponding clinical applications in a clear, well-sequenced format. Part I builds your knowledge of lumbar function and injury. Part II demonstrates how to use this knowledge to build evidence-based injury-prevention programs by assessing risks, creating ergonomic interventions, and training personnel. Part III focuses on improving rehabilitation techniques, including specific diagnostic and provocative tests, with specific therapeutic exercises proven to enhance performance and reduce pain through a continuum from corrective exercise to stability and mobility, endurance, strength, and power. Additionally, the text offers practical features to guide your learning and inform your practice: through more than 475 photos, graphs, and charts support the research and the scientific basis for the text's conclusions. More than 50 tests and exercises with step-by-step instructions help you develop successful programs for your patients and clients, special sections highlight how the anatomical, biomechanical, and research results can be applied to clinical situations. Cutting-edge research and evidence-based application strategies from the leading spine specialist in North America make "Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation, Second Edition", the authoritative text for study, care, and treatment of the low back. Its unique approach to back care will guide you in developing intervention, rehabilitation, and prevention programs to address the unique needs of each patient or client and develop a strong scientific foundation for your practice.

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Europe Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736066926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736066921
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 22.3 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""McGill's text on "Low Back Disorders" is one that every treating clinician should have for their own professional library.""-"AAESS News "(Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science) ""This is a fine blend between science and practical application by a credible author. The author is in a unique position to share his own valuable research and clinical experience to advance the treatment of alleviating low back disorders." "Doody's Book Review Service

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Stuart McGill, PhD, is a professor at the University of Waterloo at Waterloo, Ontario, and a world-renowned 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. Dr. McGill has been an invited lecturer at many universities and delivered more than 200 addresses to societies around the world. He is one of the few scientists who consults and to whom patients are regularly referred.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fruitfull combination of research and practice 29 July 2005
By At Hof
The author is already for several years known as a first-class researcher in the field of biomechanics of the back. From this book we can learn that he is also very familiar with the clinical practice.
Many times it is heard that 85% of the back problems is of unknown origin. This book shows this to be untrue: at it best the statement reflects insufficient diagnosis. There are a great number of pahological mechanisms leading to back pain. Few of them can be diagnosed from an X-ray, but they can be differentiated by a careful anamnesis and diagnosis and so lead to a suitable treatment.
On the basis of a state-of-the-art biomechanical model the author is able to evaluate many existing treatments and prevention programs. It is shown that many current treatment programs are good in part, but in other part incorrect or even harmful. For example, flexibility exercises or power training are definitely harmful. I wonder how the physiotherapy world will react on it.
Finally, a good point of the book is its clear and emphatic personal style.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent text on spinal mechanics and healh but it's pretty much a text book for healthcare professionals. I suspect the average layman would have problems understanding it. You need some anatomical knowledge to understand what is being discussed. Also much of it is background information and discussions on research which is great for giving a solid scientific understanding of the subject but not so good for practical advice for a back sufferer. He has another book called "Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance" which is more practical. It's aimed at sports trainers and sportsmen but it's useable information for the man on the street too. Don't expect to find a simplistic 4 step one-size-fits-all exercise program in McGills books.

If you are prepared to make the effort you will learn a TON about the body, movement, training principles, back health and get a lot of widespread myths busted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book gave a patient like me my life back! 24 April 2014
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If you are a patient with chronic back pain - please read on........

This book changed my life but it is not be suitable for all. It is targeted primarily for healthcare professionals treating or researching into spinal injury. As a consequence, it's a very meaty, technical book, presenting and discussing a lot of data from many scientific studies. The author is a prof of biomechanics (so there is a lot about Newton force, vectors and torque) but I didn't find it too hard and you can easily skip the numbers and not miss out hugely from a patient's perspective: the written style is very accessible and not at all "academic" or high brow. The book gives professionals the understanding to treat patients: it is not a book that will give patients an exercise programme per se. It therefore makes complete sense for the author to stress that if you are a patient, it is important to apply anything from this book in conjunction with relevant health care professionals.

Having said that, I am a patient, and not only did this book give me insight into my condition that I can apply to my daily life, but it also gave me a framework to rehabilitate my back after years of suffering whilst coming up against a dead end through the health services. Furthermore after 9 months, it continues to serve as a great reference work for me: there is barely a week goes by that I do not delve into this book for 5 minutes or less and remind myself of some tip that I can directly integrate into my daily activities and exercises.

If you are a sufferer, and are willing to take control of your back pain and understand it in a lot more detail, I would definitely consider buying this book and investing the time to read it. For the price of this book, it could be more than worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 24 Jun 2005
Very detail and much thought went into writing this book on a detail level for those who study the body(doctors,students) or for those back pain suffers who need more information about the cause and conditions of spinal pain. Also recommend The Backsmart Fitness Plan by Dr. Adam Weiss- for the lay person , a very good full body workout that helps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Low back Disorders" Stuart McGill 12 April 2011
By Michael
Fairly technical book for the layman; however seems to have the answers.
I have had chroic back pain for 30 years and been given minimum help from NHS.
This book outlines problems and causes and solutions for avoiding and recovering from back pain.
I am just getting to the exercises section which should prove the most useful now I understand what is causing the problem through working through the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Low Back Disorders Stuart McGill 19 April 2009
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Excellent updated book with evidence base that makes sense, not for layman readers but very informative for osteopaths. Very good section at the end with exercises that have evidence for patients. Low Back Disorders
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr McGill 9 Jan 2014
By peter
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Dr McGill is the most famous and smartest guy on the planet. acutally my MSK is one of his students. it says it all the book is not for the layman, it is more for the experience medic quiz person.
I prefer the DVD. I am an IT person and never attended my biology classes! but it is a very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I am a PT who is specializing in back problems due to having kyphosis and hip issues. This book is a fantastic place to start for anyone who is looking at exploring more into the... Read more
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Intense read but very thorough and most unbiased approach to the subject. If you are a medical practitioner or involved in health care in anyway a definite purchase.
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