Key Features

  • Established authoritative text for clinicians, lecturers, researchers and those working in the medico-legal arena
  • Emphasizes the latest perspectives in research and shows how it is now leading to advances in clinical methodology
  • Provides an overview of the best original research – including more than 350 new references – to provide researchers with the latest and most important information relating to back pain
  • Contains over 150 full-colour line artworks and more than 60 photographs

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The vertebral column and adjacent structures

3. Muscles and fascia of the lumbar spine

4. Nerves and blood supply to the lumbar spine

5. Back pain

6. Epidemiology of back trouble

7. Biology of spinal tissues

8. Growth and ageing of the spine

9. Forces acting on the thoracolumbar spine

10. Mechanical function of the thoracolumbar spine

11. Mechanical damage to the thoracolumbar spine

12. Cervical spine biomechanics

13. Posture, creep and "functional pathology"

14. Sensorimotor control

15. Spinal degeneration

16. Preventing back pain

17. Conservative management of back pain

18. Biomechanics rationale for spinal surgery

19. Surgery for disc prolapse, spinal stenosis and back pain

20. Medico-legal considerations

21. Summary and Conclusions


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About the authors

Michael Adams

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Biomechanics, Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Nikolai Bogduk

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pain Medicine, University of Newcastle and Head, Department of Clinical Research, Royal Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Kim Burton

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Spinal Research Unit, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Patricia Dolan

Affiliations and Expertise

Reader in Spine Biomechanics, Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK Senior Lecturer