- Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801890438
- ISBN-13: 978-0801890437
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Neurosurgeon Gokaslan and orthopedist Riley... frequently reassure readers that back pain is usually self-limited, without major treatments or surgery, and they offer recommendations for finding authoritative information, including web sites from national spine organizations. Diagnostic and imaging tests are described, as are pain relief and nonsurgical treatments; physical therapy is strongly promoted both as treatment and as prevention. Gokaslan and Riley give a general overview of back surgeries, placing particular emphasis on matching patient and physician expectations of realistic outcomes. A large amount of information is packed into this slim volume. Although the reading level is high, it should be a popular addition to consumer health collections."(Library Journal)
"A complete and comprehensive guide to the back, it provides an excellently researched manual... A must for any who are facing back pain and are evaluating their options fully."(Midwest Book Review)
"The authors do a good job of describing the full range of treatments from physical therapy to surgery. Also included are a useful index and an interesting section describing how to choose an appropriate and helpful Web site. Another section on how to talk to a physician should be helpful for anyone who has encountered difficulties."(Choice)
From the Back Cover
The authoritative one-stop resource for understanding back pain and treatment, including:
• An overview of the anatomy of the back: bones and joints, muscles and ligaments, the spinal cord and nerves
• An explanation of the most common causes of back pain and how to avoid or minimize them
• A tour of the diagnostic process, including x-rays, MRIs, and other tests and studies
• A comprehensive guide to nonsurgical pain management, including a chapter devoted to physical therapy
• Advice about how to decide whether surgery is right for you and which surgical option is most appropriate
• An explanation of what back surgery involves and recommendations to help with a healthy recovery
• Tips on how to keep your back strong and healthy throughout your life
From causes to diagnosis to treatment, The Back Book is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide for people with back pain.
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There is a certain honesty that comes through in the book in terms of defining expectations and measuring success which compelled me greatly. You will also find great advise on which resources to use further, which questions to ask your doctor, how to weight your risk/benefits for any procedure and what to look for if you may require surgery. I felt that this book has better prepared me for conversations with my doctor, even after my condition was explained, and plentiful online forums were surveyed.
There is a lot of information out there for back issue sufferers, and I though this book did the best job at condensing it all into a manageable, easy to understand, yet dependable form.