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One Question Interview: Stuart McGill

If You Could Tell Your Patients 5 Things, What Would They Be?


1. Are you aware of what causes your pain?

  • No: We must determine the cause.
  • Yes: We must stop the cause.

2. What approaches have you tried?

You must match the approach with the cause.


3. Recognize cause in Therapy

No therapy will work until you address the cause.


4. Know your back

Learn when to be stiff and support the load, and when to be mobile.


5. Check out my new book Back Mechanic

Read my new book written for the lay public with back pain, "Back Mechanic". It is my best effort - it will help. You can check out Dr. McGill's new book here


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Dr. Stuart M. McGill

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada). His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill's laboratory at the University of Waterloo.

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