Readership: All sufferers from back pain, their families and friends, GPs, nurses, psychologists and allied health professionals
John Lee, Consultant in Pain Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Suzanne Brook, Lead clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Pain Management, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and H. Clare Daniel, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Pain Management Centre, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the NHS Islington GP Direct Access Physiotherapy Service, London
"This well-done book offers practical techniques for patients who are dealing with chronic pain to educate them about their condition and to gain more control" - Doody's Notes
Section 1 - Understanding back pain
1: How is the back constructed?
2: What is back pain?
3: Scans, x-rays and that word 'degenerating'
4: How did the pain get to take over my life?
Section 2 - Medical treatments
5: What different types of professionals could help?
6: Can my back pain be cured by injections or surgery?
7: Can I take medications for my pain?
Section 3 - Self treatments
8: Thoughts and feelings
11: What is the role of exercise and movement?
12: How much activity can I do?
13: Specific stretches and exercises
Section 4 - Bringing things together: real patients' tales
14: Coping with a new pain: what can I expect from treatments?
15: Making sense of scan results and finding a cure
16: Home life is difficult
17: Nights are the worst time
18: My pain has got a whole lot worse