If you're one of the millions of Americans suffering from back pain, Robert B. Winter, MD, and Marilyn L. Bach, PhD, have the answers and knowledge you need to effectively manage your condition. In Living Well with Back Pain, Winter and Bach draw on an extensive network of experts to bring you the latest information on:

  • Diagnosing—and even ...
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If you're one of the millions of Americans suffering from back pain, Robert B. Winter, MD, and Marilyn L. Bach, PhD, have the answers and knowledge you need to effectively manage your condition. In Living Well with Back Pain, Winter and Bach draw on an extensive network of experts to bring you the latest information on:

  • Diagnosing—and even eliminating—the problem
  • Exercise programs and over-the-counter drug treatments
  • Choosing the right medical practitioner
  • When surgery and other invasive procedures are not needed

The authors are affiliated with an internationally renowned back treatment center, the Twin Cities Spine Center, which has treated tens of thousands of back pain sufferers. Their expertise and up-to-the-minute knowledge make this the most comprehensive, current, and accessible back pain book available.

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Editorial Reviews

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With similar but contrasting approaches to back pain, these books identify back problems, evaluate various treatments, and suggest exercises for alleviating discomfort. Winter (orthopedic surgery, Univ. of Minnesota) and Bach (coauthor, ShapeWalking: Six Easy Steps to Your Best Body) begin by sharing remedies they claim should help 80 percent of back pain sufferers if done correctly. They proceed to a brief discussion of the causes of back pain and an evidence-based evaluation of surgical and nonsurgical treatments. A great deal of the book describes how to negotiate the medical system, e.g., how to choose the right medical providers and treatments and how to deal with physical therapists and insurance companies. Living Well offers excellent advice on doing your own research and becoming a strong self-advocate. A set of appendixes includes an annotated bibliography of books and web sites, a glossary, and a list of references. Chiropractor Silverman goes into greater detail regarding the causes of back and neck pain (Winter and Bach do not cover the neck in their evaluations) and includes a chapter on the healthy spine. He cites various causes of back pain-cultural, muscle, disk, and joint-discussing treatments and preventative measures. According to Silverman, psychological factors are more accurate in predicting cases of lower back pain than physical ones. His book features a chapter of success stories, information on myths and misconceptions, helpful "Think Back" sections concisely summarizing each chapter, and a bibliography. Living Well excels at describing what back pain sufferers can do to alleviate existing pain and how to navigate the healthcare system when a condition warrants medical treatment. Miraculous Back helps in understanding the physical and cultural causes of back pain and underscores prevention over treatment. Both books are recommended.-Elaine M. Lasda Bergman, Healthcare Assn. of New York State, Rensselaer Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Howard S. An
“[A] must read for any person suffering with low-back pain and for those seeking treatment.”
Mark D. Brown
“As a spine surgeon with over 35 years of experience… I will definitely recommend it to my patients.”
Dale E. Rowe
“The information is scientifically sound and is written by one of the giants of spinal care, Dr. Robert Winter.”
Thomas G. Lowe
“[P]rovides comprehensive information regarding the various evidence-based treatment options available…Will guide [patients] into appropriate treatment pathways.”
Darlene Kvist
“[A] reader-friendly, comprehensive guide that will prove invaluable for persons with back pain.”
Arlyne Selvestra
“Very well written....easy to read and covers EVERYTHING. I wish I had had [this book] before my surgery.”
Patricia Brahm
“[E]xtremely comprehensive, easy to read, and...full of important information and references.”
Lisette Wright
“A must-have resource for anyone who is experiencing back pain or who is considering surgery.”
Alfred Messore
“LIVING WELL WITH BACK PAIN is unique in breadth and scope.”
Clifford B. Tribus
“[J]ust what the spine doctor ordered...invaluable.”
Leon Root
“This is a very comprehensive book about back pain that covers all aspects of treatment...clearly written and easily understandable.”
Alex Vaasen
“The authors EMPOWER patients to take charge of their back pain...cutting-edge and easy to follow.”
Janice T. Sacks
“A welcome addition to the body of literature on this important subject.”
Ronald Moskovich
“A fireside chat for back pain sufferers, with all the tools a patient needs to conquer back pain...Highly recommended.”
William C. Lauerman
“I strongly recommend is to anyone who has back pain, has had back pain, or wants to...avoid back pain.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061870576
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,073,266
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert B. Winter, MD, is one of the founders of the Twin Cities Spine Center, and currently serves as a research consultant there. He is a clinical professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Marilyn L. Bach, PHD, a health and fitness consultant, is the designer of the ShapeWalking fitness program and the coauthor of ShapeWalking: Six Easy Steps to Your Best Body.

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Living Well with Back Pain

What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know
By Robert Winter

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Robert Winter
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060792272

Chapter One

The Good News about Back Pain

We begin with three pieces of very good news:

1. Acute back pain is one of the most common health problems. In fact, 80% of all adults have (or will have) at least one episode of moderate to severe back pain. Why is this good news? Because it means medical science has extensively studied back pain and knows a lot about it.

It also means you're not alone. Millions of people have probably had the exact same problem you do and have healed successfully. With a little careful searching, you can find a medical professional who is very familiar with your specific problem and who has had repeated success in treating people for it.

2. Most back pain doesn't require any professional medical treatment at all. Most cases of back pain are healed naturally by the body and thus go away on their own in a few hours or days. You don't need to see your family doctor, a chiropractor, or a physical therapist (let alone an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon).

3. You can treat most back pain successfully yourself. Just do these simple things and there's an 80% chance that your back will be better in a few hours to a fewdays:

  • Take it easy. Avoid heavy lifting and high-impact activity (jogging, tennis, golf, volleyball, etc.).
  • Avoid prolonged sitting. If necessary, do some of your work standing up, or take a ten-minute standing or walking break each hour.
  • Put ice on the painful area of your back during the first twenty-four hours of pain, then heat thereafter.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol), or an antiinflammatory medication such as naproxen sodium (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Advil).
  • Do not spend a week in bed.
  • Rest frequently in the contour position, which is illustrated in the figure.

Because most back pain is benign and goes away on its own, there's usually no point in spending time and money on expensive doctor visits and tests. However, there are several circumstances in which you should immediately see a medical professional:

  • If the pain is so severe that you can't sleep or function at all
  • If you lose control of muscles in your leg(s)
  • If you lose control of your bladder or bowels

Here's the happy paradox: Many people buy this book, read this chapter, and follow its advice. As a result, they get better without seeing a doctor, save themselves the cost of a health appointment, and never need to read any of the remaining chapters. If this happens to you, that's great! But if you are one of the 20% of back pain sufferers who need more help, read on. All the information and support you need are here.


Excerpted from Living Well with Back Pain by Robert Winter Copyright © 2006 by Robert Winter. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2006

    A great practical informative book

    Excellent info to the layman with back pain. Cleared up many questions for me. Explains too all the different surgeries, what to expect and what questions you should ask BEFORE any treatment. GREAT BOOK

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