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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher James Hughes, PT,PhD,OCS,CSCS(Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book reviews the functional anatomy of the lumbar spine and applies the latest research findings in this area to the prevention and rehabilitation of low back dysfunction.
Purpose: The author's intent is to provide the reader with "the best available scientific evidence to optimize injury prevention and rehabilitation" for low back function. The author attempts to bridge the gap between research findings and clinical application in this area. This is an admirable objective and the author has done an excellent job in stating his case for using an evidence-based approach for preventing low back pathology and also providing guidelines for effective exercise prescriptions for this problem area.
Audience: This book is applicable for a wide audience of professionals including, therapists, athletic trainers, ergonomists, strength and conditioning professionals, and others who work in the area of low back injury prevention and rehabilitation. The author is an award-winning scholar and academician who is well published in the area of lumbar spine mechanics and ergonomics. He also consults for a number of agencies and corporations in the area of risk reduction and injury management. The author's unique background makes him well-suited for publishing in this area of study.
Features: Three major sections are included in the book. The first section is comprised of six chapters that cover the scientific aspects of understanding low back pain. The second section consists of four chapter and is dedicated to injury prevention and also discusses various biomechanical models and the NIOSH approach to risk assessment. There is also a discussion on the use of back belts. The final section covers rehabilitation and exercise considerations based on the evidence presented in the previous sections. This section is unique and very useful in mapping out a strategy to apply the didactic information presented in the previous sections.
Assessment: This work is an original contribution to the field of rehabilitation of the lumbar spine. The author successfully blends science and clinical application and has presented this information in an easy-to-read format. Very few books have been able to present such a balance of practical information that compiles scientific facts and dispels dogma in the process. The book is hard to put down and provides enjoyable reading if one desires evidence-based information on the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries of the lumbar spine. I highly recommend the book for clinicians who routinely prescribe exercises for low back pain.