Low Back Disorders, Third Edition With Web Resource, guides readers through the assessment and treatment of low back pain, providing evidence-based research on the best methods of rehabilitation and prevention of future injury. In this book, internationally recognized low back specialist Stuart McGill presents the research and applications of back anatomy and biomechanics to build effective prevention and rehabilitation programs for patients or clients.
This third edition of Low Back Disorders contains all of the essential tools for those with low back maladies. Strong foundational information on anatomy and injury mechanisms guide readers through the essential functions of the structures of the low back and related tissues, and common misconceptions about pain and discomfort are addressed and corrected. The text provides detailed insights into injury assessment by an extensively expanded set of tests with accompanying instructions. These provide guidance and recommendations for individualized rehabilitation strategies and exercises. Also new to this edition is a web resource featuring 20 fillable Handouts for Patients or Clients that can be edited and printed to suit practitioner and patients’ needs. The web resource also contains an online video suite that showcases various exercises and assessments. In addition to offering strategies for relieving and potentially eliminating pain, the text provides insight into the conditions and environments that may initially cause back pain and makes recommendations on reducing these influences so that clients can be pain free.
This book contains more than 500 photos, graphs, and charts on anatomy, biomechanics, and assessments; 50 tests and exercises with step-by-step instructions are available to aid readers in developing successful programs for patients and clients. In addition to the evidence-based foundation of this edition, the following enhancements have been made:
- Completely updated information and streamlined chapter organization ensure that practitioners use best clinical practices.
- Practical checklists throughout the text provide easy access to testing and assessment clinical techniques and information.
- Practical Applications provide clinical information to aid readers in understanding concepts and theory.
- To aid instructors, the text includes a newly added image bank to visually support class lectures.
Low Back Disorders, Third Edition With Web Resource, contains essential research and corresponding clinical applications in a clear and organized format. Part I introduces the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbar spine. It also presents epidemiological studies on low back disorders and dispels common myths of lumbar spine stability. Part II reviews risk factors for low back disorders and common prevention methods, with specific attention paid to reducing workplace risk factors. Part III explains evaluating and diagnosing clients and developing exercise and rehabilitation programs. Specific exercises that are proven to enhance performance and reduce pain are also explained.
Evidence-based research and cutting-edge application strategies from a leading spine specialist in North America make Low Back Disorders, Third Edition With Web Resource, the authoritative text for the examination and rehabilitation of the low back. Its approach to back care will lead readers in developing intervention, rehabilitation, and prevention programs to address the unique needs of each patient or client.
List of Tests and Exercises
Accessing and Using the Web Resource
How and Why You Should Read This Book
Part I: Scientific Foundation
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Issues and Scientific Approach Unique to This Book
Chapter 2. Epidemiological Studies and What They Really Mean
Chapter 3. Functional Anatomy of the Lumbar Spine
Chapter 4. Normal and Injury Mechanics of the Lumbar Spine
Chapter 5. Myths and Realities of Lumbar Spine Stability
Part II: Injury Prevention
Chapter 6. LBD Risk Assessment
Chapter 7. Reducing the Risk of Low Back Injury
Part III: Low Back Rehabilitation
Chapter 8. Building Better Rehabilitation Programs for Low Back Injuries
Chapter 9. Evaluating the Patient
Chapter 10. Developing the Exercise Program
Chapter 11. Advanced Exercises
Handouts for Patients or Clients
References and Additional Readings
About the Author
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.
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.