There is no such thing as "non-specific back pain"


Stuart McGill

Key messages

  • A thorough assessment will identify the cause of pain in terms of offending motions, postures and loads.
  • Studies on non-specific back pain are not helpful just as studies on non-specific head pain would not be helpful, nor tolerated.
  • A specific diagnosis will guide each person on what to not do and what to do.

Implications for the prevention of MSD

  • Remove cause of the disorder; wind down central sensitization, allow tissue to heal
  • Put corrective and therapeutic exercise in place
  • Stabilize and mobilize targeted areas
  • Enhance endurance, strength and some power generating ability at the hips and shoulders if occupational demand is present
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