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Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain » (Reprint)

Book cover image of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain by Michael Urdang

Authors: Michael Urdang, Ronald D. Siegel, Douglas R. Johnson
ISBN-13: 9780767905817, ISBN-10: 0767905814
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Date Published: April 2002
Edition: Reprint

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Author Biography: Michael Urdang

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is a licensed clinical psychologist and a member of the clinical faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 1984. In 1988 he was disabled by back pain. His personal experience led him to develop the treatments described in the book. He maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of chronic pain. Michael H. Urdang is a market research consultant with a background in counseling psychology. His bout with chronic back pain was resolved using the methods in this book. Dr. Douglas R. Johnson is a physician and a board certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is currently the medical director of the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Charlton Memorial Hospital and also maintains a private practice in physiatry.

Book Synopsis

Nearly everyone experiences short term back pain from sore or strained muscles. For many, the notion of a "bad back" brings a cycle of worry and inactivity, only increasing muscle tightness. But most backs are strong and resilient, built to support our bodies for a lifetime. Here you'll find ways to recapture a life free of back pain.

Publishers Weekly

Both clinical psychologist Ronald D. Siegel and market research consultant Michael H. Urdang have suffered from chronic back pain. They learned to treat their pain by using a new system of integrative medicine (a combination of East and West) and by staying physically active. In Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, Siegel and Urdang team up with physician Douglas R. Johnson, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, to dispel misunderstandings by both sufferers and medical practitioners about the cause and treatment of back pain, based on their extensive research and success in treating thousands of patients. Agent, Ira Silverberg, Donadio & Olson. ( Apr. 17) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Table of Contents

Part 1Understanding Chronic Back Pain1
Chapter 1A New Approach to Back Pain3
Chapter 2What Is the Program?14
Chapter 3Bad Back?22
Chapter 4Ruling Out Truly Serious Medical Conditions34
Chapter 5Mind and Body in Chronic Back Pain39
Chapter 6The Chronic Back Pain Cycle49
Part 2Relieving Chronic Back Pain69
Chapter 7Belief and the Body71
Chapter 8Restoring Your Life82
Chapter 9The Emotional Toll107
Chapter 10Think Psychologically117
Chapter 11Common Pitfalls138
Chapter 12A Guide to Mindfulness151
Chapter 13A Guide to Regaining Fitness162
Chapter 14Final Thoughts187
Appendix 1Medical Diagnosis of Back Pain190
Appendix 2Medical Treatment of Back Pain202
Appendix 3Resources210