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Overview

The second edition of this handbook emphasizes practicality--useful information for the primary care clinician for arriving at the correct diagnosis and treatment, with tips on when to refer the patient. The outline format allows busy clinicians to quickly obtain practical information that directly affects treatment decisions. Therefore, the chapters summarize relevant clinical information and purposely avoid exhaustive reviews. Section headings are: Evaluation, Treatment Options, and Special Populations and Problems. Seven chapters new to the second edition are: Evidence-based Spine Care, Epidemiology, Risk Factors of Lumbar Spine Pain, Manipulation of the Lower Back, Delayed Recovery from Lumbar Spine Injury, Lumbar Spine Pain in Women, and Complementary Care

  • Outline format allows quick and easy access to information
  • Liberal use of bold highlights topic headings
  • Each chapter begins with a list of key summary points and clinical pearls

  • New chapters include Epidemiology of Low Back Pain, Acute vs. Chronic Pain, Manipulation, implantable Technology, Percutaneous Intradiscal Therapies, and Evidence-Based Medicine.
  • Special focus on cost-effective intervention

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Joy H. Schwartz
This is a guide for primary care physicians to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. It uses an outline format with key concepts detailed at the beginning of each chapter. Details are provided to assist in the approach to the problems of special populations including the elderly, children, adolescents, pregnant women, chronic pain patients, patients filing for workers compensation, and patients who have experienced failed surgery. The handbook provides primary care providers a guide to maximize the utility of the history and physical and to use the most cost-effective diagnostic tests and ancillary services in the care of patients with low back pain. The audience includes primary care physicians, residents, students, and physical therapists. The language used and the detail provided is appropriate for physicians. The editors are fellows of the American College of Sports Medicine and use the contributions of experts from the fields of physical medicine and rehabilitation, anesthesia-pain management, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and rheumatology. The handbook is clearly written and provides a complete yet concise outline. Excellent illustrations include photographs of physical exam techniques, anatomy, x-ray findings, and treatment tools. The references are up-to-date and relevant, the table of contents is clear, and the index allows the clinician to look up detailed patient-pertinent questions. This is a practical, well-organized, logical, and detailed review, appropriate for on the job use by primary care physicians. If physicians follow the suggested protocols they are not likely to miss uncommon causes of low back pain. This book should prove useful inthe world of managed care. It is appropriate for hospital and medical school bookstores and for physician purchase.
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Reviewer: Joy H. Schwartz, DO (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a guide for primary care physicians to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. It uses an outline format with key concepts detailed at the beginning of each chapter. Details are provided to assist in the approach to the problems of special populations including the elderly, children, adolescents, pregnant women, chronic pain patients, patients filing for workers compensation, and patients who have experienced failed surgery.
Purpose: The handbook provides primary care providers a guide to maximize the utility of the history and physical and to use the most cost-effective diagnostic tests and ancillary services in the care of patients with low back pain.
Audience: The audience includes primary care physicians, residents, students, and physical therapists. The language used and the detail provided is appropriate for physicians. The editors are fellows of the American College of Sports Medicine and use the contributions of experts from the fields of physical medicine and rehabilitation, anesthesia-pain management, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and rheumatology.
Features: The handbook is clearly written and provides a complete yet concise outline. Excellent illustrations include photographs of physical exam techniques, anatomy, x-ray findings, and treatment tools. The references are up-to-date and relevant, the table of contents is clear, and the index allows the clinician to look up detailed patient-pertinent questions.
Assessment: This is a practical, well-organized, logical, and detailed review, appropriate for on the job use by primary care physicians. If physicians follow the suggested protocols they are not likely to miss uncommon causes of low back pain. This book should prove useful in the world of managed care. It is appropriate for hospital and medical school bookstores and for physician purchase.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560534938
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/2/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

I. EVALUATION
Epidemiology
Anatomy and Biomechanics
Pathophysiology, Neurophysiology, and Biochemistry of Lumbar Spine Pain: The Degenerative Cascade
Model
A Theoretical Overview of the Diagnosis and Management of Low Back Pain: Acute vs. Chronic Pain and the
Mind/Body Continuum
History and Past Medical History
The Physical Examination of the Spine and Its Functional Kinetic Chain
Clinical Presentation and Diagnostic Subsets
Pseudospine Pain: Conditions that Mimic Spine Pain

II. TREATMENT OPTIONS
The Use of Medications for Low Back Pain
Physical Therapy Options for Lumbar Spine Pain
Manipulation
Return-to-Work and Functional Optimization Programs
Bracing for Low Back Pain
The Lumbar Spine: Imaging Options
Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Injection Procedures
Psychological Considerations
Surgical Options for Lumbar Spine Pain

III. SPECIAL POPULATIONS AND PROBLEMS
Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome
Chronic Pain Programs
Implantables: Neurostimulation and Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems
Percutaneous Intradiscal Therapies
The Lumbar Spine and Sports
Low Back Pain During Pregnancy
Children and Adolescents
Elderly Patients
Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, and Soft Tissue Causes of Low Back Pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Lumbar Whiplash
Traumatic Injuries of the Lumbar Spine
Independent Medical Examination and Disability Evaluation
Assessing Impairment of the Lumbar Spine
Workers' Compensation
What To Do When There Is Nothing Left to Do
Evidence-Based Medicine
Basics of Personal Injury Law
Medial Malpractice Issues

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