The Biomechanics of Back Pain / Edition 1by Michael A. Adams, Patricia Dolan, Kim Burton, Nikolai Bogduk, Patricia A. Dolan
Pub. Date: 06/19/2002
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Back pain is a major problem for modern society, affecting most people at some time in their lives. Much has been published on back pain but when it comes to the vital issue of 'what causes it?' most books either become vague or else offer an individual interpretation based on personal experience and selected research literature. The Biomechanics of Back Pain is different: it strives to incorporate all aspects of the relevant scientific evidence in order to present a comprehensive, mechanistic and clinically relevant account of the initiation of spinal pathology and pain.
Key Features: Detailed analysis of the latest spinal research, fully updated for the 2nd edition. Covers material previously available only in research journals. Emphasizes the relevance of research to clinical practice and medico-legal issues. Integrates current knowledge to provide a cogent natural history of back pain. Illustrated with high-quality colour photographs of spinal pathology, and numerous line diagrams to explain the anatomy and biomechanics. Written by four of the leading researchers in the field.
The Biomechanics of Back Pain is written primarily for health professionals who manage patients with back pain, and for students at the advanced undergraduate/graduate level. It also provides essential information for those involved in back pain prevention in sports and fitness training and in medico-legal practice. For biomechanists, it indicates how their science can be applied to answer a range of clinical questions. The authors are internationally renowned for their research into various aspects of back pain, and they integrate their expertise to present an authoritative account of the subject. Intheir own words: 'The Biomechanics of Back Pain does not imply a bias towards mechanical explanations... it merely reflects the fact that mechanical factors are the most obvious and preventable influences in a complex natural history which involves biological and psychological processes as well... The word "biomechanics" implies a mechanistic approach to back pain, in which our knowledge of science is applied to explaining the chains of events which lead to back pain. Back pain is certainly a difficult and multifaceted problem, but not so difficult that we must abandon the normal scientific method... Back pain should be explained, not explained away'.
In this 2nd edition, a few subjects have been expanded that were neglected previously, including spinal growth and ageing, spinal degeneration and spinal surgery. Several chapters have been divided or otherwise rearranged to make the information easier to find. Finally, the number of colour plates has been increased, and many new black and white photographs and illustrations have been included in the text.
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Table of Contents
Preface to the second edition vii
The lumbar vertebral column and sacrum 11
Muscles and fascia of the lumbar spine 29
Nerves and blood supply to the lumbar spine 43
Low back pain 49
Epidemiology of low back trouble 55
Biology of spinal tissues 73
Growth and ageing of the lumbar spine 93
Forces acting on the lumbar spine 107
Mechanical function of the lumbosacral spine 121
Mechanical damage to the lumbar spine 147
Functional pathology 177
Spinal degeneration 195
Preventing back pain 215
Conservative management of back pain 225
Biomechanics of spinal surgery 239
Surgery for disc prolapse, spinal stenosis and back pain Brian J.C Freeman 243
Medico-legal considerations 257
Summary: spinal ageing, degeneration and pain 265
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