Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ruric (Andy) Anderson, MD (University of Chicago Hospitals)
Description: This is a useful, short book written by a general practitioner reviewing the management of back pain in clinical practice. Frameworks are provided for classification of back disorders, treatment regimens, and referral indications.
Purpose: The purpose is to identify the magnitude of back pain as a clinical problem and to describe more effective and efficient means of clinical management. Back pain often is not well understood and thus warrants further definition. These objectives are largely met though further discussion of diagnostic techniques (including radiographical) would have been helpful.
Audience: Intended for the general practitioner and appropriately written by a general practitioner, this book serves as a reference for treating back pain in general clinical practice where the majority of back disorders are managed.
Features: The book is pamphlet-sized and lacking in features with no illustrations or diagrams. References are listed at the conclusion and no index is provided. The text is often uninteresting and repetitive.
Assessment: The book is a pertinent reference addressing the management of back pain in general clinical practice. Aspects of clinical diagnosis and management (including physiotherapy and manipulative therapy) are adequately reviewed. Useful techniques to treat both acute and chronic back pain disorders are provided. However, radiological testing as a diagnostic tool is not discussed. Also, the text is bland and lacks supporting illustrations and diagrams.