Virtual Consulting FAQ

Common Questions About Virtual Back Pain Consulting

FAQ for Virtual Consultation

What does a virtual consultation include?

A McGill Method Certified Practitioner is a professional and highly trained expert. They specialize in assisting clients in reducing the risk of disabling low back pain and injury, optimizing their health outcomes, and enhancing their performance. Their deep understanding of corrective/therapeutic and performance enhancement exercises, tailored to each client’s unique needs, ensures a comprehensive approach to your care. Their range of techniques to reduce pain further underscores their expertise.

As a McGill Certified provider, I offer personalized consultations to comprehensively review your current program and assess your movements, postures, and loads to understand the root causes of your limitations. Each consultation is tailored to your specific needs. Once you book the consult, a series of personalized questions will be asked, and I (Brian) will personally contact you to plan the consult and initiate the process. The medical industry’s fragmentation leads to a disconnect in your care, as specialists often don’t communicate with each other or with you to understand the cause of your pain.

How can I best prepare for the consultation to maximize my time?

What does Brian suggest before booking a consultation?

Brian’s suggested steps are here:

Is Brian Carroll a Physical Therapist or Chiropractor?

As a McGill Certified Practitioner and retired massage therapist with over a decade of experience, I advocate for needy individuals. While I do not provide medical treatment, my mission is to help others avoid the mistakes I made in treating my injury and to inspire hope for those overlooked by the medical system. With my firsthand experience of overcoming a back injury (Gift of Injury), I aim to bridge the gap between real-world struggles and the medical approach. For more on my back pain journey, read about his journey HERE

Should I go to the Dr. before consulting Brian?

I understand your concern for your safety and well-being. It’s crucial that you first see a physician to rule out any severe conditions such as Cauda Equina Syndrome, cysts, or cancer that may require immediate medical attention. Please get an MRI before contacting me. Please consult your medical provider for more information. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey; seeking professional help is the best way to ensure your health and well-being.

How badly injured and hurting are Brian's clients?

I specialize in complex back pain and injury cases. My clients often come to me with severe pain and mobility issues, having exhausted other treatment options without success. I am confident in my ability to assist you with your situation, although it’s important to note that back pain and injury are multifaceted, and recovery cannot be guaranteed. Nevertheless, I will dedicate myself to providing you with the best care.

Does Brian work with non-athletes or average joes?

My clientele is diverse, encompassing both athletes and non-athletes, male and female. I have experience working with a wide range of individuals, from elderly individuals seeking to regain mobility for everyday activities to young athletes injured in sports. This demonstrates my ability to tailor my services to meet the specific needs of each person, regardless of their age, gender, or level of physical activity.

What is an example of someone needing an in-person assessment vs. a virtual consult?

Our process begins with a virtual consultation, where we gather numerous success stories through daily testimonials. Some cases require out-of-the-box problem-solving. The next step involves a comprehensive in-person McGill Method assessment. Clients with complex spinal issues or those who have not found relief from prior interventions will benefit from this thorough evaluation. For individuals who struggle with remote learning, in-person coaching and assessment are available. Our initial virtual consult allows us to build rapport, understand your unique story, and ensure there are no red flags. Depending on the nature of your case, we may refer you out to ensure you receive the best possible care.

Are there any other readings, videos, or books Brian suggests to help prepare for the consult?

Start your journey to recovery by diving into “Back Mechanic Video Enhanced” and “Gift of Injury”. These two books will lay the foundation for your path to healing. You can also access a wealth of video and article content on my website blog to deepen your understanding of training, resilience, and reclaiming your life. For the avid readers out there, “Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance 6th Edition” and “Low Back Disorders” are must-reads. Written by Prof. Stuart McGill, my mentor, friend, and coach, these books are expertly crafted to empower you on your recovery journey.

I recently had back surgery. Can Brian help me with rebuilding?

Yes, I work with various post-surgical and post-procedural clients, such as those who have undergone PRP and STEM cell procedures. They have had procedures ranging from Micro-Discectomy to Laminectomy, Fusions, and Spinal Decompression. These clients want to regain resilience without following a one-size-fits-all approach that has failed them in the past.

My Doctor wants to do back surgery. Should I get a second opinion?

Through my journey of seeking multiple opinions on surgery, I realized the power of knowledge and the importance of further education. As discussed in Gift of Injury and Back Mechanic, this knowledge can be life-changing. Some of my clients, who were initially offered surgery without exploring non-surgical alternatives, have found relief and regained their lives. In my experience, most back-pained clients do not need surgical intervention, and this realization has been a source of enlightenment for them. This is why further education is not just important, but paramount.

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