Authored by experts of international renown, the new edition of The Biomechanics of Back Pain forms a bridge between the latest research and the effective clinical management of patients with back problems.
Now published for the first time in full colour, the volume presents a unique synthesis of the latest research findings and explains its recent changes in emphasis - from trying to understand and reverse age-related spinal degeneration to addressing the soft tissue causes of pain.
New chapters are devoted to Sensorimotor Control, and Cervical Spine Anatomy and Biomechanics, while a bonus website contains useful PowerPoint presentations, which include seminars entitled Back Pain and Forces on the Spine as well as an overview of the Psychosocial Flags Framework.
Clinically orientated and highly practical throughout, The Biomechanics of Back Pain has become the standard platform by which readers keep abreast of research and developments in the field and is essential for all clinicians involved in the care and treatment of patients with back pain, as well as for those studying its causes and methods of prevention.
- Established authoritative text for clinicians, lecturers, researchers and those working in the medico-legal arena
- Emphasizes the latest perspectives in research and shows how it is now leading to advances in clinical methodology
- Provides an overview of the best original research - including more than 350 new references - to provide researchers with the latest and most important information relating to back pain
- Contains over 150 full-colour line artworks and more than 60 photographs
New to This Edition
- Additional chapters devoted to Sensorimotor Control, and Cervical Spine Anatomy and Biomechanics
- Includes more than 350 new references
- Now published in full colour with improved page design and navigation
- Bonus website containing useful PowerPoint presentations, which include seminars entitled Back Pain and Forces on the Spine as well as an overview of the Psychosocial Flags Framework
This book is an excellent addition to the literature on back pain. Biomechanics is fundamental to understanding the physical basis of back pain, but many biomechanical textbooks are very technical and difficult for the non-specialist. What is new and different about this book is that it presents complex ideas very simply and clearly, and applies them to the clinical situation.
This volume is to be highly recommended to all doctors and therapists who deal with patients with back pain.
Professor Gordon Waddell DSc, MD, FRCS Orthopaedic Surgeon, Glasgow [Amazon]
This excellent book presents in one location a synthesis of much of the recent literature on the mechanical factors contributing to low back pain. The logic of the text is easy to follow and each chapter builds upon concepts and ideas presented in earlier chapters. I can think of few books to compare to it and I recommend it highly.
Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA(Palmer College of Chiropractic)
It is refreshing to see a book that interprets and integrates the literature instead of simply repeating studies.
W.S. Marras, Biodynamics Laboratory, Ohio State University
The book is one of the most evidence-based books on the market. The authors are research active and always updating their knowledge.
Principal Lecturer in Physiotherapy, University of Cumbria
Table of Contents
- The vertebral column and adjacent structures
- Muscles and fascia of the lumbar spine
- Nerves and blood supply to the lumbar spine
- Back pain
- Epidemiology of back trouble
- Biology of spinal tissues
- Growth and ageing of the spine
- Forces acting on the thoracolumbar spine
- Mechanical function of the thoracolumbar spine
- Mechanical damage to the thoracolumbar spine
- Cervical spine biomechanics
- Posture, creep and "functional pathology"
- Sensorimotor control
- Spinal degeneration
- Preventing back pain
- Conservative management of back pain
- Biomechanics rationale for spinal surgery
- Surgery for disc prolapse, spinal stenosis and back pain
- Medico-legal considerations
- Summary and Conclusions
By Michael A. Adams, BSc PhD, Professor of Biomechanics, Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK; Nikolai Bogduk, BSc(Med) MB BS MD PhD DSc DipAnat DipPainMed FAFRM FAFMM FFPM(ANZCA), Professor of Pain Medicine, University of Newcastle and Head, Department of Clinical Research, Royal Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; Kim Burton, OBE DO PhD Hon FFOM, Director, Spinal Research Unit, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK and Patricia Dolan, BSc PhD, Reader in Spine Biomechanics, Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK