Low Back Disorders

Author: McGill, Stuart


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  • ISBN: 9780736042413
  • Author: McGill, Stuart
  • Publ Date: 2002-07-01
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 312
  • Imprint: HUMAN KINETICS *#
  • Status: O/P
  • ID - 68733

Table of Contents :

Part 1 The scientific foundation: introduction to the issues; the scientific approach unique to this book; epidemiological studies on lower back disorders (LBDs); functional anatomy of the lumbar spine; normal and injury mechanics of the lumbar spine; lumbar spine stability. Part 2 Injury prevention: LBD risk assessment; reducing the risk at work; reducing the risk in athletes - guidelines; the question of back belts. Part 3 Lower back rehabilitation: building better rehabilitation programs for LBDs; evaluating the patient; developing the exercise program; advanced exercises.


An authoritative description of functional strategies designed to improve back health and restore or maintain back function following injury. The text refutes practices which are contra-indicated in promoting back health and provides appropriate strategies to offset injuries and restore function. For ease of reference, the book is divided into three parts. Part one reviews the issues pertinent to low back injury prevention and rehabilitation, functional anatomy and biomechanics and how the back is prone to mechanical failure. Part two looks at how to develop improved injury prevention programmes by assessing the risks, creating ergonomic interventions and training personnel. Part three deals with how to improve rehabilitation techniques through proper training and exercise programmes. Ergonomic issues related to manual handling, repetitive motion injuries and sport are dealt with in detail and knowledge of content and its application is reinforced with tutorials in each part of the book.


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