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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Europe Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736066926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736066921
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,383 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 By At Hof on 29 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hanwellian on 3 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clive Stringer on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ducan45br" on 24 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 12 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susana H. Weiner on 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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This book, on the research of Dr. McGill, challenges the current assumption that the bulk of back pain is a psychological/emotional problem, by reasonably and logically assessing the evidence. This is a highly useful, practical, science based book, not an emotional reaction or political point scorer. Essential reading for anyone with a back problem (though it is a bit technical) and particularly for all practitioners that those with back problems turn to for help.
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