- This pocketbook will summarise the current literature on management of back pain and provide evidence-based, practical guidelines for clinicians.
- In addition to an up to date description of the problem and discussion of the pathophysiology of back pain, there is an important chapter giving guidance on how best to assess patients with back pain.
- There are also important chapters on non-pharmacotherapeutic management of back pain as well as a chapter which summarises the drugs shown to be effective for alleviating back pain.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons cited by patients seeking medical help, and it is a leading cause of time off work and long term disability. Causes of back pain are complex and many health care professionals devote a substantial amount of their time dealing with it. The initiating event leading to back pain is often compounded by other factors leading to maladaptive behaviour and prolongation of pain. This pocketbook will summarise the current literature on management of back pain and provide evidence-based, practical guidelines for clinicians.
Readership: General practitioners, doctors in training, consultants with an interest in back pain, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and psychologists in pain management
Table of Contents
1: Dr John Lee: Epidemiology of Back Pain
2: Sarah Ferguson: Early Assessment and Triage of Patients with Back Pain
3: Dr Naomi Sibtain, Dr Roman Cregg, Dr Alastair Purves: Anatomy and pathophysiology of back pain
4: Dr Naomi Sibtain, Dr Roman Cregg, Dr Alastair Purves: Investigation of patients with back pain
5: Miss Sarah Ferguson: Physical approaches to the management of back pain: I. Physiotherapy
6: Jonathan Field, Dr Dawn Carnes: Physical approaches to the management of back pain: II. Manipulative therapy
7: Dr. Cummings: Physical approaches to the management of back pain: III. Acupuncture and TENS
8: Fran Hall: Physical approaches to the management of back pain: IV TENs
9: Dr Mike Osborn, Dr Anna Mandeville, Dr Kate Ridout: Psychology and pain management approach
10: Dr Lesley Bromley, Dr Birgitta Brandner: Pharmacotherapy of back pain
11: Dr Tom Smith and Dr Adnan Alkaisy: Invasive therapies for back pain
12: David Bell: The role of surgery in back pain
13: Dr Joan Hester: Management of patients with failed back pain
14: Priyan Landham: Rehabilitation and return to normal function
15: Dr Sam Chong, Dr Roman Cregg: Overview of back pain and its future management
Edited by Sam Chong, Consultant Neurologist, The Medway Hospital NHS Trust Gillingham, Kent and Kings College Hospital London. Honorary Senior Lecturer Kings College London, UK, Roman Cregg, Clinical Research Fellow in Pain Medicine, Centre for Anaesthesia and The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London, UK, and Andrew Souter, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine. Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust, Bath, UK