Win the Battle Against Back Pain: An Integrated Mind-Body Approach

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Back pain affects more than 75 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime. It is second only to the common cold as a reason for a visit to the doctor. It is second only to childbirth as a reason for hospitalization. But in an alarming number of cases the treatment received makes the problem worse. Now three renowned doctors have developed an integrated mind-body approach, giving you access to the most up-to-date scientific findings available on the treatment of back pain - and to their extensive ...
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Overview

Back pain affects more than 75 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime. It is second only to the common cold as a reason for a visit to the doctor. It is second only to childbirth as a reason for hospitalization. But in an alarming number of cases the treatment received makes the problem worse. Now three renowned doctors have developed an integrated mind-body approach, giving you access to the most up-to-date scientific findings available on the treatment of back pain - and to their extensive clinical experience putting these findings into practice. Designed to help you avoid useless or dangerous therapies, this authoritative guide also explores the crucial role your thoughts and emotions play in the treatment of back pain.

"...physical treatment of back pain can intensify the problem rather than alleviate it...explains why physical and mental reconditioning are essential."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440507055
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/2/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Why a Book About Back Pain? 1
Ch. 2 Working with Your Doctor 19
Ch. 3 Myths About Back Pain 33
Ch. 4 Why Do I Hurt? 47
Ch. 5 Getting to Know Your Spine 61
Ch. 6 Diagnosis in Back Pain 73
Ch. 7 Diagnostic Testing 109
Ch. 8 Common Treatments for Back Pain: Useful or Useless? 125
Ch. 9 Aggressive Conservative Treatment 151
Ch. 10 Controversial Medical Treatments for Chronic Back Pain and the Failed-Back-Surgery Syndrome 171
Ch. 11 Medications for Back Pain: What You Need to Know 183
Ch. 12 Spine Surgery: Almost Always a Choice 201
Ch. 13 So You Are Going to Have Spine Surgery 229
Ch. 14 Back Pain and Suffering 247
Ch. 15 Emotions, Back Pain, and Disability: A Self-Assessment Approach 281
Ch. 16 Taking Responsibility for Overcoming Your Back Pain 311
Glossary 315
Bibliography 331
Index 345
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