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Wear and Tear: Stop the Pain and Put the Spring Back in Your Body Hardcover – December 24, 2002

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

According to Arnot, author of The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet and NBC's chief medical correspondent, with aging comes damage to joints along with aches, pains and reduced flexibility. This situation is made worse for those who have sustained injuries over the course of an active life and for those who are overweight. Arnot offers helpful strategies to help prevent arthritis and minimize further joint damage. Although he sees a role for medications including NSAIDS, aspirin and COX-2 inhibitors to assist with pain, he cautions against overuse and suggests that they be used in combination with topical analgesics. Arnot is a firm believer in yoga and in exercise that builds muscle strength in order to restore joint health; he offers useful descriptions of joint-friendly sports such as bicycling, walking and swimming, and an appendix lists nutrients that promote joint health. Arnot provides clear directions on what footwear to use and which shoes to avoid (high heels). Although the writing is sometimes a bit jumpy, the information will be useful to those who currently have joint problems and to younger people who want to prevent future damage.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Aches and pains have long been considered a normal, unavoidable part of aging. In this clear and well-reasoned book, Arnot, the medical consultant for the Today show and author of The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet, begs to differ. He shows how good nutrition and cartilage-building supplements, combined with proper biomechanics (the way your body moves) and an awareness of one's skeletal predispositions, can virtually eliminate cartilage damage, the primary cause of joint pain. Besides singing the praises of glucosamine, a nutritional supplement proven to aid in cartilage repair and regeneration, Arnot advises how to minimize joint damage in all the popular activities, from running to team sports to riding a scooter. He particularly recommends several types of yoga as the most effective stretching methods not only for toning muscles but also for increasing the range of motion in the major joints of the arms, legs, and back. He also demonstrates how such "aged" phenomena as Cal Ripken and John McEnroe play in ways that help to maintain rather than to break down their joints. Recommended for public libraries and patient-centered orthopedic libraries.
--Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Printing edition (December 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743225554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743225557
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,582,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bob Arnot, M.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books on nutrition and health. He has been a medical correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, the Today show, CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and CBS This Morning, and is a health columnist for Men's Journal. He lives in Palm Beach, Florida, and Vermont.

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
"Wear and Tear" is a gem that should be on the best seller list. This book has been a real eye-opener for me and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to help slow the damage we heap on our bodies as we age. But to be honest I've been a Dr. Arnot fan since he wrote "Guide to Turning Back the Clock", another excellent book (that needs to be updated).
I bought and started reading "Wear and Tear" because he included a chapter called "Stiff Man Syndrome" which my orthopedic surgeon jokingly said contributed to my knee damage. In "Wear and Tear" there are excellent descriptions and examples of the damage you do to your joints, far beyond what my doctor told me. The "8-Ball" metaphore of a joint alone made me see what 'full range of motion' is all about. Dr. Arnot's discussion of "forceful walking" has given me better tips than my physical therapist has on how I was ginding away my joints by walking (like Godzilla in a hurry). One suggestion I would add, in addition of the examples given in the book, is imagine you're walking on rice paper. Remember "Grasshopper" from TV's "Kung-fu"? Now I notice how everyone else is pounding away as they walk, while I glide along feeling sorry for them.
Because of "Wear and Tear" I'm in the pool working on range of motion (it feels great too, all day long), practicing walking so I don't pound my joints, doing light yoga and stretching (it is remarkably easy to get flexibility back), changed my vitamins and doing the remarkably good (and unique) exercises he illustrates.
The Amazon Editorial Review gives you a good list of subjects in the book so I won't repeat them. I would just add they are covered in a clear and concise style. You don't waste any time reading the filler found in most other health books.
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By A Customer on December 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for people who suffer from Arthritis, who are overweight, have reducecd flexibilty, or any other pain associated with their joints. Bob Arnot, one of the authors of this book believes strongly in yoga and stretching as exercises for people suffering with pain. In his practice, he does prescribe asprin and NSAIDS, but disourages the overuse of them. He believes more in exercise. Not strenuous exercise, just exercises like bicycling, walking, or swimming. Exercise is the key to strong muscles and joints. He also gives ideas for proper footwear, no high arched shoes. The book is jumpy as you read it, but overall, it would be of good use to those who suffer with joint pain.
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Format: Hardcover
This book provides specific information on how to preserve
the joints in the body. For instance, the author cautions
against heal pounding while walking. He recommends walking
such that the outer perimeter of the foot absorbs your
weight. He describes the optimal gait which consists of
maintaining hips at a level position and landing the feet
easily while walking. High tech knee braces may help in
redistributing the load around the knee. Ibuprofen may be
helpful in dealing with inflammation problems. Wearing
comfortable shoes is cited as an important step in reducing
stress on the joints. Yoga is cited as a good treatment
for joints , as is stretching, spreading the weight load
and building elasticity and flexibility in the muscles and
joints. This book is a good supplementation to the existing
medicinal regimen and physical therapy regimen.
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