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Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practitioner's Manual Hardcover – March 3, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0781729970 ISBN-10: 0781729971 Edition: Second

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  • Hardcover: 972 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Second edition (March 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781729971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781729970
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Liebenson is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Chiropractic, Division of Health Sciences at Murdoch University, Perth Australia and consultant for the Murdoch University and the Anglo-European Chiropratic College M.Sc. programs in Chiropractic Rehabilitation. The first ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors he serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation; the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy; and Journal of Manual Therapy.

Dr. Liebenson is the first health care provider in California to receive a Certification of Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Back Pain Care. He is actively engaged in ongoing research on the spinal stabilization system as a Visiting Scholar at Pr. Stuart McGill's Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo. He began studying with both Dr. Karel Lewit and Pr Vladimir Janda beginning in 1987 and has been regularly assisting Pavel Kolar in his courses for more than a decade.

Dr. Liebenson publishes extensively and is the editor of the book/DVD Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practioner's Manual (2nd ed), 2007. He has had books published into Spanish, Greek, Korean and Japanese. He worked as team chiropractor for the N.B.A. Los Angeles Clippers from 2005-2009 and is currently a consultant for the M.L.B. Arizona Diamondbacks, Athletes Performance International, and Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group.

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A big book of big ideas, Craig has put together a classic that is required reading.
Dr. Stephen Stokes
One of the remarkable aspects of this text, and there are many, is that Dr. Liebenson has added so grandly to his original book.
Robert Block
I highly recommend this textbook for any healthcare professional treating spine patients.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Page on May 26, 2006
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This is one of the most comprehensive texts for rehabilitation of the spine I have seen in over 10 years of practice. As a physical therapist, I've learned that spine rehabilitation requires a broad knowledge of techniques, since every spine patient is different. The modern practitioner needs to have an ecelctic approach to rehabilitation since no 2 patients are alike, even with the same diagnosis. Dr. Liebenson has done a great job in providing the scientific and clinical application of a variety of spine rehabilitation principles with a multidisciplinary approach including a virtual "who's who" of physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, and researchers from around the world. Of particular interest to me is the Czech approach to spinal rehabilitation based on contributions from legendary physicians Vladimir Janda and Karel Lewit. Top researchers including Bogduk, McGill, and Hodges also present the latest evidence-based interventions. I was quite pleased to see the amount of photographs and diagrams illustrating specific techniques and exercises, which is even further enhanced with videos on the enclosed DVD. Long gone (I hope) are the days of "hot packs, ultrasound and massage" as the treatment of choice for low back pain. We know that exercise is the most important component in back rehabilitation, but we must first be able to accurately assess the patient and prepare the tissues for exercise programs specific to the patient needs and goals. Dr. Liebenson and his contributors have given us the tools do do just that... they have captured a virtual paradigm shift in the way we approach the assessment and rehabilitation of the spine. I highly recommend this textbook for any healthcare professional treating spine patients.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Lefebvre on November 11, 2006
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Liebenson, Craig. Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practitioner's Manual, 2nd edition. 2007.

By Ron LeFebvre, DC, Dean of Clinical Education, Western States Chiropractic College.

Because busy practitioners often rapidly skim articles, especially book reviews, let me start with the bottom line. Dr. Liebenson's second edition of Rehabilitation of the Spine is a "must" book. Any practitioner or student interested in physical rehabilitation of the spine must own and must read this book. The contributing authors represent an impressive array of some of the most notable experts across multiple disciplines, including Nikolai Bogduk, Paul Hodges, Vladimir Janda, Gwendolen Jull, Karel Lewit, Steven Linton, Stuart McGill, Robin McKenzie, Don Murphy, Vert Mooney, John Triano, and Howard Vernon. The cast is much larger yet, is international in reach, and represents some of the most important schools of thought in rehabilitation today. The second edition significantly improves upon the first, which was itself, a watershed document. Every chapter has been re-written and updated. The basic science chapters offer an exceptional overview for the clinical practitioner of what we have learned about the mechanics of the spine over the last 10 years. It re-establishes the foundation upon which so much of our practical rehabilitation lies. It also gives us a lens through which to judge both old and new approaches and techniques. But above all, this is a practitioner's manual, replete with a level of detail that is essential for actual application. In many of the chapters, one can almost hear the voice of an experienced workshop instructor correcting common errors in technique and imparting expert advice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben Fury, CFT on March 17, 2006
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--- Note: This review is for the 2nd edition only. ---

Craig Liebenson has accomplished a monumental task with this 972 page tome that covers back rehab from A to Z. In the first 90 pages he exhaustively covers the back pain rehab literature with a special focus on Low Back Pain (LBN.) With 100's of references per chapter, (279 for Chapter One alone!) he convincingly shows the failure of conventional approaches and the new hope for LBN sufferers offered by the latest soft tissue techniques combined with patient reeducation and exercise prescription.

Then he turns the book over to a host of guest experts including Stuart McGill and the Czech pioneers Vladimir Janda and Karel Lewit. They fully cover assessment and treatment for acute and chronic recovery management of back pain with multiple soft tissue modalities fully explained.

This is $100 bucks extremely well spent. If you're a back pain professional who wants to see patients get out of pain, you can't afford not to buy this book.

Chronic back pain CAN be resolved. But only if you're willing to learn something new. This is a GREAT place to start!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mutchnick on July 19, 2008
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As a neurosurgical resident, the care of the spine patient can be summed up as: "can I cut it out." For many patients, this is helpful. For many others, sadly, my knife cannot help - most of these patients are left without a diagnosis, and more importantly without an explanation for why they are having the troubles they are having.

This book clearly and comprehensively covers the topic of spine pain, providing a context and perspective that I have found extremely useful in the clinical setting. This book can help the spine surgeon give direction to otherwise direction-less patients with life-ruining conditions.

This should be required reading for anyone operating on the spine.
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