Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery

Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery

by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062641786
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,225,925
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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: . 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

Acknowledgments 331

Notes 335

Bibliography 379

Index 385

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