Essential Back Care

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Penguin, Jul 18, 2011 - Medical - 224 pages
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Essential Back Care is the essential self-help guide to recognizing, treating, and preventing back injuries, providing authoritative and constructive information and advice on a health problem that affects most people at some point in their lives.

The opening section describes the anatomy of your back clearly and simply. Profiling a range of common ailments, it explains how and why injuries occur, including causal factors such as genetic make-up and age, poor posture and movement, work, and common daily activities.

The second section offers a considered and insightful overview of the treatments for back pain, including a balanced assessment of the various options available, arming you with everything you need to make an informed choice when seeking medical advice or considering a range of conventional and complementary treatments.

The third and fourth sections provide no-nonsense advice on preventing injury and reducing your risk of future problems. The third combines invaluable instruction on making changes to your posture and movement with a range of practical strategies to help you to relieve the day-to-day burden of back pain and cope with common, everyday activities that non-sufferers take for granted. The fourth guides you step-by-step through a selection of easy-to-follow exercises, which will improve your mobility, flexibility, core stability, and strength, to help treat an existing condition or reduce your chances of future injury.

Comprehensive, informative, and authoritative, Essential Back Care is the ideal guide for anyone with back pain who wants to take an active role in their health care.

 

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I have a bad back. I have a bad neck. And I'm sure half the population has had a complaint at some point. Some are genetic, but most complaints are due to wear and tear, unintentional injury or not ... Read full review

Contents

About This Book 6
6
The Spine 10
10
The Spinal Canal and Nerves 14
14
Muscles and Ligaments 16
16
Symptoms Charts 20
20
Midback 22
22
Low Back and Leg 24
24
Acute Neck and Nerveroot Pain 26
26
Sacroiliac Strain 69
69
Disc Herniation 70
70
Acute Torticollis 71
71
Whiplash 72
72
Spinal Stenosis and Degeneration 73
73
Scoliosis 74
74
Coccydynia 75
75
Piriformis Syndrome 76
76

Cervical Disk Herniation 27
27
Acute Torticollis 28
28
Whiplash 29
29
Chronic Neck and Nerveroot Pain 30
30
Facet Joint Pain 31
31
Myofascial Pain Syndrome 32
32
Diskrelated Pain 33
33
Thoracic Pain 34
34
Mechanical 35
35
Acute Lowback Pain 36
36
Acute Lumbar Dysfunction 37
37
Disk Herniation and Sciatica 38
38
Sacroiliac Strain 39
39
Chronic Lowback Pain 40
40
Diskrelated Pain 41
41
Facet Joint Pain 42
42
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis 43
43
Instability Syndrome and Sacroiliac Strain 44
44
Nonspecific Lumbar Dysfunction 45
45
Chronic Sciatica 46
46
Nonspecific Nerveroot Pain 47
47
Spinal Stenosis 48
48
Piriformis Syndrome 49
49
Buttock and Coccyx Pain 50
50
Coccydynia 51
51
Sacroiliitis 52
52
Gluteus Medius Dysfunction 53
53
Whole Spine Conditions 54
54
Inflammatory Disease 55
55
Hypermobility Syndrome 56
56
Postural Pain 57
57
Scoliosis 58
58
Acute Vertebral Compression Fracture 59
59
Muscular Tension 62
62
Ankylosing Spondylitis 63
63
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis 64
64
Vertebral Compression Fracture 65
65
Hypermobility and Instability 66
66
Discogenic Pain 67
67
Facet Joint Strain 68
68
Gluteus Medius Dysfunction 77
77
Consulting Your Primary Care Doctor 80
80
Consulting a Specialist 82
82
Treatment with Drugs 84
84
Treatment with Injections 86
86
Treatment with Surgery 88
88
Consulting a Physical Therapist 90
90
Consulting an Osteopath 94
94
Consulting a Chiropractor 96
96
Using Massage 98
98
Consulting an Acupuncturist 100
100
Relaxation Techniques 102
102
Other Therapies 104
104
How the Back Works 108
108
Who Is Most at Risk? 110
110
Improving Your Posture 112
112
Exercise and Sport 116
116
The Benefits of Stretching 118
118
Eating for Health 120
120
At the Office 124
124
Lifting and Carrying 128
128
Doing Housework 130
130
Working in Your Garden 132
132
Driving Your Car 134
134
During Pregnancy 136
136
Caring for Young Children 138
138
Coping with Pain 142
142
Perception of Pain 144
144
Psychological Factors in Back Pain 146
146
Pain Relief Through Relaxation 148
148
Lying Down and Sleeping 150
150
Washing and Dressing 154
154
Moving Around 156
156
Neck and Back 160
160
Back and Buttocks 178
178
Glossary 214
214
Useful Addresses 216
216
Index 218
218
Acknowledgments 224
224
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