Back Pain: The Facts by John Lee

Back Pain: The Facts

byJohn Lee, Suzanne Brook, H. Clare Daniel

Paperback | July 15, 2009

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Back pain is one of the most common conditions known to man. It affects nearly everyone at some time in their lives and 40% of people will have had it within the last year, with around 5% of sufferers having taken time off work within the last month. When is long term, it causes a great dealof distress and unhappiness as it affects people's work life, income, home life, relationships, fitness and mood.This book is aimed at people who want to help themselves. It has clear succinct chapters giving advice about every aspect of managing back pain as well as answering frequently asked questions from sufferers. A key element is empowerment through a thorough understanding of why back pain starts andwhy it persists. There are chapters promoting stretching, exercise, relaxation, communication, advice on sexual relations and considerable emphasis on helping with thoughts and feelings.

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Dr John Lee has been a Consultant in Pain Medicine at UCL Hospitals since 2001. His specialist interest areas are back pain, development of services in primary care, and hospital management. He has developed outpatient care pathways to streamline treatment of patients with back pain, worked closely with his local PCTs to develop pro...

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Title:Back Pain: The FactsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199561079

ISBN - 13:9780199561070

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Table of Contents

Section 1 - Understanding back pain1. How is the back constructed?2. What is back pain?3. Scans, x-rays and that word 'degenerating'4. How did the pain get to take over my life?Section 2 - Medical treatments5. What different types of professionals could help?6. Can my back pain be cured by injections or surgery?7. Can I take medications for my pain?Section 3 - Self treatments8. Thoughts and feelings9. Communication10. Relaxation11. What is the role of exercise and movement?12. How much activity can I do?13. Specific stretches and exercisesSection 4 - Bringing things together: real patients' tales14. Coping with a new pain: what can I expect from treatments?15. Making sense of scan results and finding a cure16. Home life is difficult17. Nights are the worst time18. My pain has got a whole lot worseInternet resources