We're discussing the evaluation and treatment of lower back pain with Dr. Stuart McGill. Dr. McGill is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo where he has many years of experience. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the cause and mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate people living with pain, and how to enhance both injury resilience and performance. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups, and lead athletes and teams from around the world. His work produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks and many international awards. On this episode, we'll discuss some of the more common truths and myths about back pain, how to effectively assess low back pain, lessons you can apply treating lower back pain in the average person, as well as with high-performing athletes and whether or not surgery is indicated for people with lower back pain. Let's get ready and let's meet Professor Stuart McGill.