End Back & Neck Pain

End Back & Neck Pain

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ISBN-13: 9780736095280
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Vincent Fortanasce, DPT, is ranked as one of the best medical specialists in North America and has treated such high-profile individuals as Pope John Paul II and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda. Over nearly four decades, Dr. Fortanasce has helped thousands of people as a world-renowned neurologist and rehabilitation specialist. He has appeared as a medical expert on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Dateline, CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, Hard Ball with Chris Mathews, XM satellite radio, and scores of national and local television and radio shows. Fortanasce is a regular spokesperson for the California Medical Association at the senate and legislature assemblies and has been quoted in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Time magazine, and many other prestigious publications. He also hosts his own syndicated radio program, St. Joseph’s Radio Presents.

David Gutkind is a doctor of physical therapy and an orthopedic clinical specialist. During his professional career, he has specialized in ergonomics as a treatment intervention for both the cause and prevention of musculoskeletal injury to the lumbar spine. He has taught ergonomics at the university level, provided on-site training programs that emphasize spinal care and injury prevention at the corporate level, and conducted hundreds of individual and group training classes on lumbar lifting and body mechanics techniques. Gutkind lives in Southern California and continues to practice orthopedic physical therapy along with ergonomic instruction.

Robert Watkins, MD, is a spine surgeon and codirector of the Marina Spine Center at Marina Hospital in Marina del Rey, California. His expertise ranges from innovative spine surgeries to treatment of sport-related injuries. In his practice, he treats collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes across the United States. He has served more than 25 years as a spine consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Angels, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and golfers on the PGA Tour. He has extensive experience in spinal surgery and postoperative rehabilitation of professional athletes, returning most athletes to full performance. As a surgeon, he has participated in more than 11,000 spine surgeries in a career that has spanned 30 years, and he currently completes nearly 250 surgeries a year. He has also developed an extensive coordinated core nonoperative program of rehabilitation without surgery.

Table of Contents

Part I Why Does It Hurt?

Chapter 1. Understanding Back and Neck Pain

Chapter 2. Listening to the Voices of Pain

Part II Helping Yourself

Chapter 3. Using First Aid for Fast Relief

Chapter 4. Stretching and Exercising

Chapter 5. Making Lifestyle Choices to Ease Pain

Chapter 6. Learning Correct Body Mechanics

Chapter 7. Adapting Office Ergonomics

Part III Working With Your Doctor

Chapter 8. Choosing a Doctor

Chapter 9. Getting the Right Diagnosis

Chapter 10. Taking Medication for Spinal Pain

Part IV Exploring Surgical Options

Chapter 11. Getting Injections for Spinal Pain

Chapter 12. Considering Surgery

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“This must-have guide will eliminate your back and neck pain and prevent it from recurring.”

Tommy Lasorda -- Legendary MLB Manager, LA Dodgers; Inductee, National Baseball Hall of Fame

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End Back & Neck Pain 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy to read with simple asnwers to all the questions you might have on neck and back pain. Since I suffer from lower back pain, I appreciated the discussion of the many different options ranging from therapy to surgery. Having more knowledge about my condition helps me make a better decision for me. A definite read for those who suffer with a back problems.
J_Fairley-DPT More than 1 year ago
"End Back and Neck Pain" is clearly laid out, easily understood and contains a wealth of knowledge. As a Physical Therapist I am very familiar with treating spinal pain and this book is an excellent reference. It is written from a unique and powerful perspective; a patient who is seeking to help oneself. From this vantage point the book covers everything from the symptoms, down to the anatomical structures and physiological processes that cause the symptoms. The book covers various well established interventions, all the while giving guidelines a patient to select the most probable self care solutions. It is further refreshing to see the collaboration of health professionals who treat spinal pain who understand that there is a role for conservative care, medications and injections, surgery and even learning to live with a chronic condition. I will be using the book as a quick reference as it has great tables and illustrations. I will also recommend this book to my patients as it is like a handbook for managing both low back pain and how to optimally navigate our health care system to get the most beneficial care for a challenging problem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading End Back and Neck Pain. I thought the information was laid out clearly and I learned several things from this book I hadn't known before. First by breaking down the different kinds of pain I was able to evaluate the kind of pain I experienced. The explanation of how the body's bones, muscles and nerves are connected and how pain is felt helped me understand what I needed to do to help myself. The section on when to apply heat and ice was different than what I always understood. Stretching and exercising has always been a weakness for me and as I age I am feeling that the time is now to make this a regular habit. There are 33 pages of pictures and easy to follow instructions on a variety of stretches and exercises. Controlling factors like diet and nutrition, weight, sleep, smoking and stress help to contribute to overall health. Some of the most helpful chapters were about body mechanics and ergonomics. Putting the body and your equipment in the best possible positions to reduce body pain and mismanagement is extremely important. Having been to several doctors regarding my pain and injury I know how important it is to choose the right caregiver and to be able to communicate your needs. It is important to ask the right questions and feel that your doctor is listening to your concerns. Communicating how treatment is going and the effects of medication is each patient's responsibility. In the end I opted for surgery and for me it was the right choice, but I did not use exercise and stretching in my regular daily habit after the initial period of rehabilitation. I see now where I can benefit from ongoing stretching and exercise.
twylyghtbay on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Highly recommend this book. Exceptionally user friendly. End Back & Neck Pain explains the sections of the spine, how each section works and how to strengthen each section in a manner which non-medical readers can easily understand. It explains the information a patient needs to keep track of to provide a doctor with sufficient records to make a correct diagnosis and recommendations. Book very useful.
Katya0133 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
When I requested this book, I thought it would be along the lines of the McKenzie back and neck exercise books. To my surprise, it is far more thorough, also covering such issues as workplace ergonomics and surgical options. Strongly recommended
jrblaylock on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Very useful and informative. Background, instructions and illustrations were well done and appropriate for the intended reader. Information was inline with what I have received from other medical professionals. Higly recommended!
kssunflower on LibraryThing 5 months ago
If you or someone you love experiences acute or chronic neck or back pain, you need to buy End Back & Neck Pain by Fortanasce, Gutkind and Watkins. It not only helps you understand your symptoms, distinguishing between those which can be improved with self-care and which need the expertise of a specialist, it also helps you determine the best doctor for your needs and how to interface with him or her. You will also learn what to expect if you need to have tests run or surgical procedures.I wish this book had been available a few years ago when both my husband and I had to undergo months of suffering culminating in nerve block injections and painful therapies. The knowledge in this book would have relieved our anxiety and helped us avoid some unnecessary costs. The authors explain diagnosis and surgical procedures with both text and photos, and charts of what to expect after each phase of the process. They will give you the knowledge you need to be an informed patient, more fully involved in your care. The more you know, the less fear you have and the more able you are to cope with what is happening within your body and to you through treatment.The book is divided into four parts: understanding your pain, minimizing or avoiding pain through self-care, choosing the best doctor and treatment when self-care is not enough, and understanding why advanced treatment such as spinal injections or surgery may be necessary. Throughout the book, the emphasis is upon helping you understand what pain is, how to avoid it, how to cope with it when it cannot be avoided and, when coping techniques are not enough, how to select and work with a surgeon.What I was most impressed with is the amount of information in this book that empowers you to understand neck and back pain and how to understand the process that medical professionals use to help us cope with or heal the problems causing the pain. You learn about physical therapy, the usefulness of medications, adapting your environment to make movement easier, and surgical options that might be necessary when all else fails. Most importantly, you learn how diagnoses are made, how to describe your pain effectively and how to communicate with your physical therapist, primary care physician or specialist so they will more clearly understand your pain and be able to assist you in coping with or overcoming it.The more you know, the better your chances are of achieving a pain-free life. The better you communicate based on that knowledge, the faster and more effectively your medical team can help you. This book is the key to achieving those goals. It is packed with clear explanations, charts, photos and checklists. If only I had had this book years ago, I could have saved myself and my husband from needless fear, pain and ineffective treatments. I would have known enough to understand what we needed, how to select the best doctor and physical therapy team and how to avoid re-injuring ourselves. At least now, thanks to Library Thing's Early Review program, I was lucky enough to read this book and am now armed with the knowledge to help myself and my husband in the future.
aviddiva on LibraryThing 5 months ago
End Back and Neck Pain is a comprehensive guide which addresses common causes of back and neck pain, a guide to self diagnosis, self treatment, working with medical professionals, and when to consider invasive treatment. It is not an "alternative" cure-all system, but presents traditional therapies including stretches and lifestyle adjustments. I recognized a number of stretches which I have used successfully with my physical therapist to treat neck pain. They were clearly photographed and would be easy to replicate based on the instructions given in this book. There is a lot of useful information here, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone suffering from back or neck pain. While I wouldn't use it as a substitute for seeing a medical professional, End Back and Neck Pain is an information rich starting point, and will give you a lot of practical knowledge to help you make informed decisions about how to deal with your pain.
GustavoG on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I received a copy of this book via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.As soon as I received it I flipped through it, and found an insert giving an erratum for page 13. The insert was at the relevant spot - next to page 13 - which I thought was commendable.The book is very well organized and largely written in appropriate language for a lay audience. There is plenty of medical terminology as is to be expected, educating the interested reader. The illustrations are appropriate as well, though they could be improved by adding indication of direction (e.g., in which direction are the front or back).Overall, I'm very pleased with this guide. It demystifies and gives excellent pointers for learning more, exercising for prevention and amelioration, and seeking more advanced recourse if needed.
FranklyMyDarling on LibraryThing 5 months ago
End Back & Neck Pain is an excellent guide to those better seeking to understand and treat their spine ailments. As one who has suffered from cervical disc issues, this book is great reference, expanding on the information shared by my doctors. Additionally, the treatment exercises illustrated for my condition are the same as some of those taught to me by my physical therapist. This book is definitely recommended for back and neck pain suffers who want to put in some effort and heal!
gtippitt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Perhaps the single best medical self-help book I have ever read. I am 52 and disabled due to rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease. I have had periodic bouts of back pain for almost 40 years. I've seen lots of doctors and read lots of bad medical self-help books. If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain, the cost of this book may be the best $20 you have ever spent.Most medical self-help books suffer from one of three major problems, all of which this books avoids. Like Goldilocks, most are either technical for the patient to understand without a medical background, or they are so simple and common knowledge, they are a waste of time and paper. This book hits the sweet-spot with lots of information that is written so an average reader can understand it. Another major defect in self-help books that annoys me is that most consist of repetitive and boring examples of anecdotal patient histories that do not really give the reader any information. This book's anecdotal stories are used only when they help to explain and illustrate an example of a point being made in the book. These patient anecdotes are side-notes that you can read or easy skip if you aren't interested. Most other self-help books use endless and repetitive patient anecdotes as an attempt to convince the reader that the author is not as much of a "quack" as the reader suspects after reading the first dozen pages.This is not a short-quick-magic bullet to fix all your problems with back pain. It is a fairly long book with tons of information, but it gives helpful information from the start. The more you read, the more information you get, but you don't have to read the entire book, memorize it, do all the examples, and turn your life up-side-down to find it very helpful. I said at the start that I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. I have never found physical therapy nor chiropractic adjustments to be a major help with the pain from this degenerative autoimmune disorder. I am also very accident prone. For back and neck pain resulting from injuries, I have found both physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments to both be very helpful for pain resulting from injuries. Many of the stretches and exercises shown in this book were familiar to me from physical therapy exercises I have been shown to do in the past. This book also avoids another common mistake made by most self-help books. The stretches and exercises that are suggested are appropriate for the audience reader. Too many books suggest exercises that might be appropriate for an gymnast that is training for the Olympics, but are impossible for an over-weight 50 year old that is having difficulty getting out of bed and feels as if his just been stabbed in the back by a Samurai sword whenever he tries tying his shoes. Some of the exercises in this book are very easy and simple, while others are more advanced. In general the easy ones are appropriate when you are in pain and trying to get better, while the more difficult exercises are for prevention of future back pain and injury.Finally, this book also as a really exceptional chapter on the effect of work space ergonomics on shoulder, neck, and back pain. I've worked with computers since the dinosaur era of card punch machines and paper-tape punch teletypes were the standard workstation. I've installed and repaired PC systems for users and managed programmers and word processors that used CRTs for 8 to 12 hours per day. In a single, 18 page chapter, the authors compile the best advice I have ever seen collected on the proper workstation ergonomics to improve productivity and reduce strain and injury. Unlike many "experts" who insist that the only solutions are designer chairs, desks, keyboards, and mice, the authors explain simple changes that everyone can make to their PC setup to reduce reduce strain on a user's neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and back. Even for home PC users that spend a few hours per day surfing, emailing, or pla
IndigoWings on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I requested this book through library thing specifically because I was in a car accident about three years ago that really messed up my back. For almost a year I was unable to even do the simplest of house chores without extreme pain. I am not a medication person. Only taking it for extreme situations and would rather 'deal' with pain than take something for long periods of time. Even so I did try to use some pain relief at the beginning of this journey to no avail. Nothing I was offered touched the pain enough to make it worth taking thus I ended up 'suffering through it'. After about a year of of chiropractic, ultrasonic, tens therapy and finally water physical therapy (which helped the most) I was able to get to a point that I could 'function' on a daily basis. There is always a constant 'ache' and often sharp stabs of pain but I am no longer 'couch' ridden and preform daily chores without too much additional discomfort. With that being said I was excited to get this book, & began reading it right away. First & foremost it provides a lot of 'extra' information relating to the hows & whys of it all. Along with information to help identify your personal situation so you can get the most use out of the book based on your situation. Because there is a bit of 'sift' to this book I have found that I haven't had a chance to get to the practice of it just yet. However, because the book does provide so much information I do see that it will not only be a tool for myself but also for others I know who have chronic back pain. The writing is easy to understand & well written. Each chapter lays out different areas of focus making it easy to find what you are looking for. I haven't had time to put the practical information to use as of yet but will update this review when I do and share what my personal experience is with it.
twylyghtbay More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book. Exceptionally user friendly. End Back and Neck Pain by Vincent Fortanasce explains sections of the spine, how each section works and how to strengthen each section in a manner which nonmedical readers can easily understand. It explains the infomation a patient needs to keep track of to provide a doctor with sufficient records to make a correct diagnosis and recommendations. This book is very useful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
kssunflowerOP More than 1 year ago
If you or someone you love experiences acute or chronic neck or back pain, you need to buy End Back & Neck Pain by Fortanasce, Gutkind and Watkins. It not only helps you understand your symptoms, distinguishing between those which can be improved with self-care and which need the expertise of a specialist, it also helps you determine the best doctor for your needs and how to interface with him or her. You will also learn what to expect if you need to have tests run or surgical procedures. I wish this book had been available a few years ago when both my husband and I had to undergo months of suffering culminating in nerve block injections and painful therapies. The knowledge in this book would have relieved our anxiety and helped us avoid some unnecessary costs. The authors explain diagnosis and surgical procedures with both text and photos, and charts of what to expect after each phase of the process. They will give you the knowledge you need to be an informed patient, more fully involved in your care. The more you know, the less fear you have and the more able you are to cope with what is happening within your body and to you through treatment. The book is divided into four parts: understanding your pain, minimizing or avoiding pain through self-care, choosing the best doctor and treatment when self-care is not enough, and understanding why advanced treatment such as spinal injections or surgery may be necessary. Throughout the book, the emphasis is upon helping you understand what pain is, how to avoid it, how to cope with it when it cannot be avoided and, when coping techniques are not enough, how to select and work with a surgeon. What I was most impressed with is the amount of information in this book that empowers you to understand neck and back pain and how to understand the process that medical professionals use to help us cope with or heal the problems causing the pain. You learn about physical therapy, the usefulness of medications, adapting your environment to make movement easier, and surgical options that might be necessary when all else fails. Most importantly, you learn how diagnoses are made, how to describe your pain effectively and how to communicate with your physical therapist, primary care physician or specialist so they will more clearly understand your pain and be able to assist you in coping with or overcoming it. The more you know, the better your chances are of achieving a pain-free life. The better you communicate based on that knowledge, the faster and more effectively your medical team can help you. This book is the key to achieving those goals. It is packed with clear explanations, charts, photos and checklists. If only I had had this book years ago, I could have saved myself and my husband from needless fear, pain and ineffective treatments. I would have known enough to understand what we needed, how to select the best doctor and physical therapy team and how to avoid re-injuring ourselves. At least now, thanks to Library Thing's Early Review program, I was lucky enough to read this book and am now armed with the knowledge to help myself and my husband in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was easy to read & found the exercises & information very useful.