Back pain: the facts

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Oxford University Press, May 14, 1987 - Health & Fitness - 200 pages
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Nearly everyone suffers from back pain at some stage in their lives; it is the most common form of disability. Back pain is common among all types of workers, from manual laborers to office executives. Written in an accessible, non-technical style, this book provides insight into the cause of the problem, explains the variety of treatments in use and current views on their efficacy, and discusses methods of prevention. Modern ideas about pain and its control are included, as are discussions of new imaging methods used for full diagnosis and assessment. The new edition is extensively revised to include accounts of the many recent advances made in back pain treatment including minimal invasive surgery, and postural and ergonomic advice. The book identifies the various psychological and social aspects of back pain, and the evolving attitudes of the scientific and medical communities. to identify specific back problems, and improved treatments.

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Contents

Structure and function of the human spine
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Back pain in society
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Discs slipped or burst?
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Copyright

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