The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand—a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades—delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn't, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery.
In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful —exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system.
The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.
The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options—showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.
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About the Author
Investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin is the author of Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife, published by HarperCollins in 2007. Her new book about the back pain industry, Crooked, will be published in April 2017. She’s written for many national magazines on topics that include healthcare, neuroscience, business, public policy, travel, art, design and culture. A popular speaker, these days, she’s booking lectures that enlighten patients, health care practitioners, corporations and medical facilities about how to manage back pain. Cathryn is married to Ron Ramin, a music composer. They have two adult sons, Avery and Oliver, and a Jack Russell-Daschundt mix dog named Dasch, after the punctuation mark, which he resembles. She divides her time between Northern California and New York City. Facebook: http://bit.ly/fbcrooked . Twitter: @cjramin
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Terrible Affliction: When I Went Looking for a Solution, I Found a Much Bigger Problem 1
Part I Problems
1 Back Pain Nation: How We Got Into This Mess 7
2 A Tale of Two Tables: Why Back Patients "Fail" Chiropractic Treatment and Physical Therapy 19
3 Hazardous Images: Why You Do Not Need-Or Want-To Have an MRI 45
4 Needle Jockeys: How Epidural Steroid Injections Can Go Wrong 55
5 The Gold Standard: Why Lumbar Spinal Fusion is Never Your Only Remaining Option 73
6 Google Your Spine Surgery: The Truth About "Cutting-Edge" Procedures, as Advertised Online and on TV 103
7 Replacement Parts: Why a Bionic Lumbar Spine is not in the Cards 132
8 The Opioid Wars: How Chronic Opioid Therapy Keeps You in Pain 153
Part II Solutions
Introduction to Part II 177
9 Head Case: What Your Brain has to Do with Your Back 179
10 The Back Whisperers: How to Find a Rehabilitation Partner 219
11 The Right Kind of Hurt: How a Much-Maligned Machine May Still Change Everything 260
12 The Posture Mavens: How to Make Gravity Your Friend 284
Conclusion: Six Years Later 325