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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.
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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.