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Authors: Mark D. Brown
ISBN-13: 9781934716014, ISBN-10: 1934716014
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Sunrise River Press
Date Published: June 2008
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Mark D. Brown

Book Synopsis

Renowned spine surgeon Dr. Mark Brown, MD, PhD, explains exactly what causes back pain and why humans are so predisposed to spinal problems. He provides a detailed questionnaire that allows you to identify which of seven types of back pain you are experiencing, and then he explains each of those types in clear and easy-to-understand language. Contrary to what you might expect from a spinal surgeon, Dr. Brown actually advocates against turning to surgery in most cases of spinal pain. In his 35 years of experience, he has found that the vast majority of back pain cases will resolve with minimal treatment. In fact, the very best thing you can do is to simply allow your body to heal itself by avoiding the many treatment pitfalls that people with back pain commonly fall into when looking for relief. Avoiding these mistakes, along with incorporating gentle aerobic exercise, will almost always allow you to "walk off" your back or neck pain naturally.

Midwest Book Review

Conquer Back & Neck Pain: Walk it Off! is highly recommended for sufferers of back and neck pain, and for community library health collections.

Table of Contents

Foreword     5
About the Author     7
Acknowledgments     7
Introduction     9
Back Pain Is Very Common, and Here's Why     11
How Our Genes Lead to Back Pain
How Spinal Discs Work
Why Disc Degeneration Causes Pain
Which of the 7 Types of Back Pain Do You Have?     20
Take This Questionnaire to Find Out What Type of Back Pain You Have
Acute Severe Back Pain: What Could It Be, and What Should You Do?     28
How to Know If You Need Immediate Help
Some Urgent Conditions That Require Emergency Care
Choosing The Right Kind of Doctor     35
Emergency Physicians
Primary Care Physicians
Spinal Surgeons
Neurosurgeons vs. Orthopaedic Surgeons
Other Specialists
Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, and Personal Trainers
What You Should Know - And Do - If You Have a Herniated ("Slipped") Disk     43
How You Know If It's a Herniated Disc
Do You Really Need Surgery?
MRI Scans, CAT Scans, and Myelograms
Surviving an MRI Scan When You Have Claustrophobia
What Does It Mean to "Walk It Off?"
Types of Surgery and Risks
Spinal Stenosis: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?     71
How Spinal Stenosis Causes Pain
When to Suspect Spinal Stenosis
Causes and Symptoms
When Surgery Is Necessary, and How It Is Performed
What To Do If Your Pain is From an Unstable or Deformed Spine     86
Spondylolisthesis: The Most Common Spinal Deformity
What Does 'Unstable Spine' Mean?
What Is a Spinal Fusion and How Is It Done?
Chronic Back Pain: What To Do When the Pain Just Won't Go Away     99
Determining the Cause
Degenerative Disc Disease
How Depression and Stress Affect Back Pain
How to Take Control of the Pain
A Plethora of Back-Pain Care: Pills, Exercise, Injections, and Alternative Treatments     107
Anti-Inflammatories, Narcotics, and Muscle Relaxants
Types of Exercise
Physical Therapist vs. Trainer
Pain Management
Minimally Invasive Treatments
Destroying Sensory Nerves to Treat Pain
Back Braces
'Touch' Therapy
What You Can Do to Avoid 'Failed Back Syndrome'     131
Don't Have Back Surgery If You're Unprepared
Spinal Stenosis and Spinal Instability As Causes
Missed Diagnosis or Multiple Sources of Pain
Adjacent Segment Failure
Unmet Expectations of Surgery
How to Prevent Back Pain From Ruling Your Life     137
Everyday Things You Should Avoid
Exercise: The Best Preventive Medicine
Why Quitting Smoking Is So Important
How to Avoid Pain From Spinal Deformity and Osteoporosis
Managing 'Whiplash' Injuries
Sex and Back Pain
Disc Transplants, Replacements, and Gene Therapy: They Sound Good, But Do They Work?     149
Risks of Artificial Disc Replacement
Disc Transplants - Potential for the Future?
Hope in Gene Therapy
Glossary     157
Index      162