Reviewer: Edward Abraham, M.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This monograph deals with the care of adult patients who have low back pain from various causes.
Purpose: The purpose is to improve the ability of the treating physician to care for back patients by presenting updated information on the lower back.
Audience: Orthopedic surgeons, as well as orthopedic residents and fellows, are the main audience, but all medical professionals who treat patients with low back pain can benefit from this publication.
Features: The booklet focuses appropriately on chronic low back pain. Newer fusion techniques, early information on the artificial disk replacement, and dynamic stabilization of the spine are presented in an authoritative manner.
Assessment: Spinal fusion, which is the gold standard for treating some intractable low back pain, is not physiologic. Spinal research is moving in the right direction as efforts are concentrated in trying to find ways to preserve lumbar segmental motion. The editor, Louis G. Jenis, MD, from Tufts University School of Medicine, and his able contributors have presented in this monograph a most balanced accounting of the problem of low back pain. I highly recommend this work to all medical personnel involved in caring for these patients.