Sarah McGillStuart McGill, PhD, is a professor of spine biomechanics and chair of the department of kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of more than 200 scientific journal papers and a consultant on issues related to lower-back injuries. The medical community regularly refers special patient cases to him from around the world.
Myths and controversies regarding spine function and injury mechanisms are widespread. Consider the “cause” of back troubles, specifically the common perception that injuries occur during an “event.” Generally, statistics are compiled from epidemiological approaches, which ignore the large role of cumulative trauma. Despite a reporting system that tends to associate injuries with specific events, very few back injuries actually occur this way.Read More