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End Back & Neck Pain Paperback – Sep 13 2011
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“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
About the Author
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.
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All in all I think this is a great read for anyone just for its solid advice on taking care of your back to prevent pain in later life. For people with existing back problems, I think this is a good book to use in conjunction with treatment to be a well informed and proactive patient.
I wish this book had been available a few years ago when both my husband and I had to undergo months of suffering culminating in nerve block injections and painful therapies. The knowledge in this book would have relieved our anxiety and helped us avoid some unnecessary costs. The authors explain diagnosis and surgical procedures with both text and photos, and charts of what to expect after each phase of the process. They will give you the knowledge you need to be an informed patient, more fully involved in your care. The more you know, the less fear you have and the more able you are to cope with what is happening within your body and to you through treatment.
The book is divided into four parts: understanding your pain, minimizing or avoiding pain through self-care, choosing the best doctor and treatment when self-care is not enough, and understanding why advanced treatment such as spinal injections or surgery may be necessary. Throughout the book, the emphasis is upon helping you understand what pain is, how to avoid it, how to cope with it when it cannot be avoided and, when coping techniques are not enough, how to select and work with a surgeon.
What I was most impressed with is the amount of information in this book that empowers you to understand neck and back pain and how to understand the process that medical professionals use to help us cope with or heal the problems causing the pain. You learn about physical therapy, the usefulness of medications, adapting your environment to make movement easier, and surgical options that might be necessary when all else fails. Most importantly, you learn how diagnoses are made, how to describe your pain effectively and how to communicate with your physical therapist, primary care physician or specialist so they will more clearly understand your pain and be able to assist you in coping with or overcoming it.
The more you know, the better your chances are of achieving a pain-free life. The better you communicate based on that knowledge, the faster and more effectively your medical team can help you. This book is the key to achieving those goals. It is packed with clear explanations, charts, photos and checklists. If only I had had this book years ago, I could have saved myself and my husband from needless fear, pain and ineffective treatments. I would have known enough to understand what we needed, how to select the best doctor and physical therapy team and how to avoid re-injuring ourselves. At least now, thanks to Library Thing's Early Review program, I was lucky enough to read this book and am now armed with the knowledge to help myself and my husband in the future.
The chapters on body mechanics and office ergonomics are particularly helpful as they are very easy to understand and clearly represent concepts that every physical therapist should review with their spine patients. These two chapters are especially comprehensive and provide great examples and pictures to reinforce concepts. The table that describes workstation adjustments and the review of inexpensive products to enhance ergonomics are very helpful to reduce musculoskeletal strain and pain. In addition, the chapters that describe self management including ice, stretching, spine stabilization, nutrition, and other exercise are spot-on in terms of representing the key components of spine care.
The chapters devoted to the review of anatomy and causes of back pain, diagnosis and special tests, and common medications used are very helpful to a patient's understanding of spine pain and care, and augment a healthcare provider's ability to explain the processes involved in the management of spine conditions.
Overall, this book is organized well, easy to read, and the illustrations/pictures are accurate and enhance the reader's understanding.
First by breaking down the different kinds of pain I was able to evaluate the kind of pain I experienced. The explanation of how the body's bones, muscles and nerves are connected and how pain is felt helped me understand what I needed to do to help myself. The section on when to apply heat and ice was different than what I always understood. Stretching and exercising has always been a weakness for me and as I age I am feeling that the time is now to make this a regular habit. There are 33 pages of pictures and easy to follow instructions on a variety of stretches and exercises.
Controlling factors like diet and nutrition, weight, sleep, smoking and stress help to contribute to overall health. Some of the most helpful chapters were about body mechanics and ergonomics. Putting the body and your equipment in the best possible positions to reduce body pain and mismanagement is extremely important.
Having been to several doctors regarding my pain and injury I know how important it is to choose the right caregiver and to be able to communicate your needs. It is important to ask the right questions and feel that your doctor is listening to your concerns. Communicating how treatment is going and the effects of medication is each patient's responsibility. In the end I opted for surgery and for me it was the right choice, but I did not use exercise and stretching in my regular daily habit after the initial period of rehabilitation. I see now where I can benefit from ongoing stretching and exercise.
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