Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery

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In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful —exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system. The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2017]
ISBN: 9780062641786
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 617.564 Ram


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Dec 04, 2017

This is an excellent book. Anyone with recurrent or chronic back pain would benefit from the wealth of factual information contained in this well-organized and highly readable tome. Perhaps the most valuable insight: "Just because it hurts, doesn't mean you shouldn't move it."


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