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Clinical Podcast: The Truth About Back Pain | Dr. Stuart McGill

December 26, 2018 • Pain Science • John Childs

We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Stuart McGill to the EIM Clinical Podcast. Many people know Stu and his work as he has some incredible background in research and biomechanics, as well as having trained some of the highest level athletes in the world! Today, Stu and Jeff will discuss Stu’s beliefs and how those beliefs either clash with or agree with some of the modern pain science-based approaches. They will also have some “non-specific back pain” discussion and good debate on where we are and how we can go forward in the profession.

Dr. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 30 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people, and enhance both injury resilience and performance. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups, and elite athletes and teams from around the world.

His work produced more than 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks, and many international awards. He mentored more than 40 graduate students during this scientific journey as well. During this time, he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world.

He continues as the Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc.



John Childs

Dr. Childs is a founder and CEO of Evidence In Motion and partner in Confluent Health, which includes EIM; a network of 70+ physical therapy clinics in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas; and Fit for Work, which provides employers consultative services to decrease injuries and workers’ compensation costs. A graduate from the U.S....

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Gary Lenox MS ATC CSCS

Commented • March 23, 2020

I am trying to get over all the misinformation I have gotten in my clinical experience and that is bout 25 years. It is beginning to show me that there are different ways to look at something for best treatment. I liked the discussion about not creating a defeatist rather developing a Superman kind of self image for the patient. The part of the discussion about a power athlete and what it takes for his workout to create a desired change to a gymnast that trains in a completely different way and the difference in adaptation requirements in regard to tome.

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