Low Back Pain FAQs

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PMPH-USA, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 58 pages
Chronic pain in the lower back is the most common cause of disability for persons under 45 years of age. Low Back Pain FAQs, part of the Geisinger Healthcare System FAQs series, is intended as a patient education resource for those who suffer from the acute or chronic misery associated with this troublesome condition. The authors provide brief, focused answers to common questions raised by their patients with the goal of empowering patients to cope more effectively and ease the pain. Sometimes back pain signals that a more serious problem may be present. The book helps patients understand when surgery is necessary, and when relief can be achieved through exercise and lifestyle changes only. The most effective strategy is of course, prevention. The text offers crisp, detailed graphics that enhance the presentation of key concepts, diagnosis (CT, MRI), and various treatment modalities. As with all titles in the FAQ Series, this book works to educate patients and provide concise, current information for common ailments.

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1 What Is Back Pain?
2 Who Gets Back Pain?
3 How Is the Back Put Together?
4 What Causes Back Pain?
5 How Is Back Pain Diagnosed?
6 How Is Back Pain Treated?
7 Are There Any Other Back Pain Treatments?
8 What Can I Expect Once Treatment Has Begun?
9 What Can I Do to Prevent Back Pain?

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David R. Gutnecht received his degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University at Hershey. From 1973 to 1975 Dr. Gutnecht served as a medical officer in the United States Air Force. Dr. Gutnecht came to the Geisinger Clinic in 1977. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Director of Ambulatory Education and Director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Geisinger, and is an Associate Program Director for the Geisinger Internal Medicine Residency Program.

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