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Before choosing a health care professional, some people ask friends for recommendations, check the physician’s credentials, or call the local hospital for a referral. In this age of managed care, you also need to check the list of doctors who will accept your insurance provider.
End Back & Neck Pain is a comprehensive guide to the relief and prevention of common forms of spinal pain. It will help you understand your pain, offer advice for self-treatment, and guide you in finding a physician. Authored by experts famous for their work with Pope John Paul II, the book helps relieve pain and keep it from recurring.
If you suffer from back and neck pain, you want answers. You want relief. Now there is one book that brings you both: End Back & Neck Pain.
In End Back & Neck Pain, the leading names in back health join together to provide the latest research, professional insights, and proven programs to prevent and relieve pain and discomfort. You’ll get straight answers to questions such as these:
Why does my back or neck hurt?
What can I do now to alleviate my discomfort?
How do I prevent my pain from returning?
Could I have a serious or debilitating condition?
Is my doctor properly diagnosing my condition?
Is surgery really my best option?
Through a series of questions, you’ll identify the source of your discomfort and determine the best plan of action for relief. You’ll learn how simple lifestyle changes, postural improvements, and stretching exercises can keep that pain from returning. Most important, End Back & Neck Pain takes the fear and uncertainty out of your discomfort and puts you in control of your recovery.
Whether this is your first bout with serious pain or a recurring problem, End Back & Neck Pain has insights, answers, and programs that will put you on the path to a pain-free life.
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
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.
“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