Pr. Stuart McGill


Pr. Stuart McGill

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Ryan Chow, D.P.T.
Ryan Chow, D.P.T.


Los Angeles, CA

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Feb 19 2019



McGill Method Level 2 – Assessment

Global Objectives:

To update delegates on some recent developments in assessing the cause of low back pain and dysfunction of the most challenging patients. To create linkages to corrective and therapeutic exercises and drills. Develop skills in pain provocation tests to reveal the pain mechanism. To give practice and technique development with workshops at the assessment table throughout the day.


Restoring a painful back begins with a detailed assessment. Learn the patterns and recognition skills. Pain provocation skills through mechanical and neurological approaches intended to reveal the cause of pain are developed. The algorithm is based on branching logic. Delegates will hone their manual skills, together with clinical reasoning skills, work-shopping tests both on and off the exam table. This will lead to a precise diagnosis that forms the foundation for teaching the patient how to wind down their pain sensitivity. The second stage begins when pain is controlled, and the objectives shift to enhancing function and performance.

This is a smaller more intimate course, primarily around the exam table.

Structured outline:

1: The Foundation

  • Background (Lecture)
  • Movement assessments and screens
  • Mechanisms of function, injury and pain
  • Medical images (MR, CT, Ultrasound) interpretation
  • Differential diagnosis

2: The Assessment (hands-on workshop at assessment tables)

  • Assessment Clinic
  • Assessment forms
  • Provocative tests, movement tests
  • These include motions, postures, loads and then specific tissues. Specific common pathways will be honed such as directionally frictioned nerve roots, multiple pain sources, dynamic disc bulges, aberrant joint micro-movements, pelvic ring laxity, among many others.


The Press Room, located in the J.D. Morgan Center, is just East of Pauley Pavilion and West of the UCLA store at Ackerman Union. Enter UCLA from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza. Drive directly ahead to the Parking Information Booth. Convenient parking is at the south end of LOT 4.


Please arrive by 8:15 to register.


“The seminar itself should be a must for all of the professions. The assessment is concise, logical, and allows one to flow easily through the algorithms that one needs to go through in solving complex Back problems. It takes out the bias that we bring in with each of our professions and provides a comprehensive compendium that can be used on Monday morning. It leaves no stone unturned.” (Dr. Larry Bell)
“Spending time with Dr McGill as he laid out tools and then ‘played jazz’ as he zeroed in on a precise diagnosis was a terrific experience… refreshing, stimulating, affirming and humbling. Lectures were packed with good information with many clinical pearls along the way. I truly thank Professor McGill for bringing his wisdom to the world and for putting on classes. I hope many more clinicians get to experience his teaching and many more patients will experience the restoration of their movement life.” (Dr. Mike Caruso)

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