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Back Pain Remedies for Dummies [Paperback]

By Michael S. Sinel (Author), William W. Deardorff (Joint Author) & Sinel (Author)
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Item description for Back Pain Remedies for Dummies by Michael S. Sinel, William W. Deardorff & Sinel...

Offering a holistic approach to back pain, a comprehensive overview of treatment options--from conventional to alternative therapies--includes contributions from leaders in the fields of surgery, yoga, and acupuncture, as well as advice on posture, ergonomics, and exercise. Original.

Publishers Description
Back pain is such a common condition that many doctors and researchers consider the complaint a normal part of life, similar to having an occasional cold or flu. If you are a back pain sufferer, you are not alone: Back pain affects more than 80 percent of the population at some time during their lifetime.Back pain is second only to the common cold as a reason for visits to the doctor and it is second only to childbirth as a reason for hospitalization.Approximately 50 percent of the working population reports back problems every year.The total medical cost of back pain exceeds 20 billion dollars a year in the United States.

"Back Pain Remedies For Dummies" takes a holistic approach to back pain prevention and treatment. Exploring the therapeutic options - from conventional medicine to popular alternative treatments - this patient-friendly guide gives you a heads-up on how to relieve pain now and avoid future injuries, plusBoning up on your spinal column's pieces and partsUncovering some conditions that cause back painExamining the lineup of doctors who treat what ails your backTaking your pain lying down - or notGiving weight to alternative therapies, including yoga, acupuncture, and imagery exercisesPromoting the importance of good postureReturning to work and play with a healthy outlookSaying yes to sex after a back injury

As you try to manage your back pain problem and investigate various treatment approaches, you can help yourself by being assured and hopeful that you can remedy your problem. This reliable reference gives you plenty to reason to believe that back pain does get better, and successful treatment is possible. You can expect to find the best treatment for your back problem when you have some understanding of who treats back pain, how he or she treats it, and why using a multidisciplinary approach is important - all of that awaits in "Back Pain Remedies For Dummies."

Citations And Professional Reviews
Back Pain Remedies for Dummies by Michael S. Sinel, William W. Deardorff & Sinel has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Ingram Advance - 06/01/1999 page 58
  • Library Journal Supplements - 05/01/1999 page 32

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Item Specifications...

Studio: For Dummies
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 7.43" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 25, 1999
Publisher   For Dummies
ISBN  0764551329  
ISBN13  9780764551321  
UPC  785555551329  

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Alternative Medicine > Holistic
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Disorders & Diseases > Backache
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Disorders & Diseases > Musculoskeletal Diseases
4Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Disorders & Diseases > Pain Management
5Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > General
6Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help > General
7Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help
8Books > Subjects > Medicine > General
9Books > Subjects > Medicine > Specialties > Surgery > General
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Reviews - What do customers think about Back Pain Remedies for Dummies?

Superficial: Broad not deep; also it ignores the neck  Nov 16, 2007
This books covers a lot of territory but I did not find it particularly helpful. It feels like it has a lot of filler material to get it to "book length", without focusing in on the most useful information. Also, it completely ignores the neck, apparently assuming that all problems are lower-back problems.

Save your money on Back Pain Remedies for Dummies or just check it out of the library and skim it; in my opinion it is not worth the space it takes up on my book shelf.
Wow, I got better relief from Borders Cafe than a massage  Apr 21, 2006
I've been having back pain in the morning for the last few months after some furniture moving. I stopped at Borders for a coffee and picked this up to read (ok, I'm shameless). After about an hour with the book, I developed a game plan for dealing with the backache which I learned is of a very common garden type. It might be too early to declare victory but I woke this morning with almost no pain after sleeping in the prescribed position with a heating pad and taking a few NSAIDS before bed.

I have family members that opted for surgery years ago and it ruined their lives - possibly even led to a death of a cousin from OD of narcotics. I wish that they had had this book to read. A lot has changed in medicine and it seems like the author has much more modern thinking than most of the medical profession that still seems bent on drugs and surgery first.
Only one reservation - be careful doing the exercises.  Apr 7, 2005
Overall, a very informative book, as everyone else says. My only reservation - be careful doing the exercises in the book. The author also has a warning about this - he says "at no point during your back exercise program, should you feel that you are the point of significantly increasing your pain."

I tried doing a lot of the exercises in the book, and it did add to my pain, so I then got a referral to a physical therapist, who then worked with me, showing me the 9 exercises that were best for me - using the big exercise ball. Those exercises (and perhaps the glucosamine that I take) have gotten me back to where I can again play badminton once a week, and no longer have the serious back pain I had before. (The book does mention, of course, the possibility of getting help from a physical therapist.) I'd recommend the book - just don't increase your pain by overdoing the exercises - as the author warns, in that chapter.
great book, easy to understand  Dec 20, 2001
i love this book! its so easy to understand, and it really put my mind at ease on alot of pain covers so many topics that you dont usually read about, such as: the pros and cons of back surgery, who to seek help from, exercises, getting back to work and the feelings associated with it,etc. a definite must read!
Solid Advice, Easy-to-Read Format  Jun 7, 2000
This book is laying on the floor next to my bed. Why? I do the exercises every morning, and refer to the chapter to make sure I don't miss any. I do most of the exercises on the floor, so that's where the book lives. It is a part of my life now.

I've suffered from low-grade back pain for years, and learned a lot from this book. I especially like the integrated mind-body approach, the solid, realistic information about the mechanics of the spine, and the practical advice for care and recovery.

I've spoken with a chiropractor and an MD about my back problems, and the advice they gave me is identical to the advice in this book -- and the book was far less expensive.

Unless you were injured, your back took years to get into its current condition, and it will take a while to improve. This book is a first-rate map of the road to recovery.


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