My aching back

Back pain affects people of all ages, lifestyles, and occupations. It affects an estimated 50 to 80 percent of adults at some point in their lives.

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People with back pain need to focus not only on the physical aspects of their back pain, but also on their total health.

Take back your back : everything you need to know to effectively reverse and manage back pain
Beth B. Murinson.
Beverly, Mass. : Fair Winds Press, 2011.

Although back pain is common, the fix isn#x19;t.Take Back Your Backshows you how to diagnose and manage your particular back pain and alerts you to red flags and often-misdiagnosed issues that may worsen your condition.

-Do you have non-radiating pain on one side of the spine? Your issue may beMuscle Injury, and you need to control inflammation.

-Does your pain shoot down the leg? You may have aSlipped Discthat requires physical therapy and possibly surgery.

-Does your pain worsen with sitting and ease off with walking? You may haveSciatic Nerve Compressionand need special stretching exercises.

Leading back pain expert Beth Murinson, M.D., director of pain education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, brings together the latest science on back pain diagnosis and treatment from medications and surgical procedures to traditional physical therapy to alternative modalities such as acupuncture, meditation, and water and inversion therapies that are showing promise.

For each condition and procedure, you#x19;ll learn what to expect in the hospital or the doctor's office, what self-therapy solutions you can do on your own, and when to seek out intervention. Detailed illustrations and easy-to-understand descriptions help you select the best treatment options to improve your unique type of back pain and live a back-healthy life.

Heal your back : your complete prescription for preventing, treating, and eliminating back pain
David Borenstein.
Lanham : M. Evans, c2011.
Heal Your Back is a complete program for understanding the causes of lower back pain, the ways to prevent it, and the treatments to eliminate it. The book educates readers about all aspects of back pain and shows them how to create their own personalized prescription for alleviating the pain and preventing further back problems. Dr. Borenstein's self-care program allows sufferers to control their own recovery while evaluating all the possibilities for therapy.
Your aching back : a doctor's guide to relief
Augustus A. White III, with Preston J. Phillips.
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2010.
Updated to reflect the latest science, this new edition is a clear, comprehensive guide to understanding and managing chronic back pain.
Get your lower back pain under control--and get on with life
Anthony H. Guarino.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Pr., 2010.
Guarino (pain management services, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Washington U. School of Medicine, St. Louis) presents a guide to treatments for those experiencing lower back pain. He discusses the nature of pain, causes, and diagnosis; how to choose a doctor; exercise, physical therapy, reducing stress, medications, injections, surgery, and alternative treatments; and dealing with insurance, disability coverage, and consequences to relationships. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Framework for the lower back : a 6-step plan for a healthy lower back
Nicholas A. DiNubile ; with Bruce Scali.
New York : Rodale : Macmillan, 2010.
Muscle and joint conditions have surpassed the common cold as the number one reason for physician visits in the United States, with lower back pain leading the charge. If you suffer from lower back pain, you know the frustration of having to miss out on activities you enjoy and the difficulty finding an exercise program that does not exacerbate your pain or symptoms.
Stabbed in the back : confronting back pain in an overtreated society
Nortin M. Hadler.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2009.
For more than three decades, Dr. Hadler has studied the experience of low back pain in people who are otherwise healthy. The author argues that regional back pain is overly medicalized by doctors and that the design of worker's compensation actually thwarts getting well.

Some back pain may be attributed to a specific anatomical problem or defect, such as a ruptured disc, a bone spur, a crushed vertebra, or another reason. However, it my also be related to stress, tension, or other factors in their lives.

Back pain can often be treated successfully by doctors and surgeons.  A doctor should be consulted to make a diagnosis. Medical history, physical exam, psychological tests, and medical tests such as x-rays, imaging tests, computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and bone scans may be used.

Today research is being conducted to increase knowledge about the causes of back pain and to devise effective treatments.

Exercises that that make the muscles in your back, stomach, hips and thighs strong and flexible may help relieve back pain.

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People can take steps to prevent back pain.  Proper exercise, along with correct standing and sitting techniques, can avoid or minimize back problems.

Healing back pain naturally is another option to consider, after consulting with your doctor. One method is meditation. Meditation can calm the mind, sooth and relax the nervous system, reduce muscle tension in your back, and promote mental tranquility.

It is important to understand that your body is not a machine, or an inanimate object, but a dynamic, living part. People need to consider following a healthy lifestyle to be strong. Exercise, diet, and peace of mind will all help you focus on reducing back pain.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff