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Low Back Pain Handbook

The second edition of this handbook emphasizes practicality--useful information for the primary care clinician for arriving at the correct diagnosis and treatment, with tips on when to refer the patient. The outline format allows busy clinicians to quickly obtain practical information that directly affects treatment decisions. Therefore, the chapters summarize relevant clinical information and purposely avoid exhaustive reviews. Section headings are: Evaluation, Treatment Options, and Special Populations and Problems. Seven chapters new to the second edition are: Evidence-based Spine Care, Epidemiology, Risk Factors of Lumbar Spine Pain, Manipulation of the Lower Back, Delayed Recovery from Lumbar Spine Injury, Lumbar Spine Pain in Women, and Complementary Care

Internal Medicine/Primary Care Physicians


Published: November 2002

Imprint: Hanley And Belfus Medical Publishers

ISBN: 978-1-56053-493-8


    Anatomy and Biomechanics
    Pathophysiology, Neurophysiology, and Biochemistry of Lumbar Spine Pain: The Degenerative Cascade
    A Theoretical Overview of the Diagnosis and Management of Low Back Pain: Acute vs. Chronic Pain and the
    Mind/Body Continuum
    History and Past Medical History
    The Physical Examination of the Spine and Its Functional Kinetic Chain
    Clinical Presentation and Diagnostic Subsets
    Pseudospine Pain: Conditions that Mimic Spine Pain

    The Use of Medications for Low Back Pain
    Physical Therapy Options for Lumbar Spine Pain
    Return-to-Work and Functional Optimization Programs
    Bracing for Low Back Pain
    The Lumbar Spine: Imaging Options
    Electrodiagnostic Medicine
    Injection Procedures
    Psychological Considerations
    Surgical Options for Lumbar Spine Pain

    Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome
    Chronic Pain Programs
    Implantables: Neurostimulation and Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems
    Percutaneous Intradiscal Therapies
    The Lumbar Spine and Sports
    Low Back Pain During Pregnancy
    Children and Adolescents
    Elderly Patients
    Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, and Soft Tissue Causes of Low Back Pain
    Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
    Lumbar Whiplash
    Traumatic Injuries of the Lumbar Spine
    Independent Medical Examination and Disability Evaluation
    Assessing Impairment of the Lumbar Spine
    Workers' Compensation
    What To Do When There Is Nothing Left to Do
    Evidence-Based Medicine
    Basics of Personal Injury Law
    Medial Malpractice Issues


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