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Back Pain (The Facts)


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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 9: Communication 10: Relaxation 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 Internet resources

About the Author

Dr John Lee has been a Consultant in Pain Medicine at UCL Hospitals since 2001. His specialist interest areas are back pain, development of services in primary care, and hospital management. He has developed outpatient care pathways to streamline treatment of patients with back pain, worked closely with his local PCTs to develop provision of multiprofessional services for patients with long term pain, been a Governor of his foundation trust, and worked on secondments for both the Healthcare Commission and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Suzanne Brook is an experienced Physiotherapist specialised in working with people who have chronic pain. She has worked in Hospitals, GP practices and private practice over the past 14 years within multi professional teams, including psychologists, doctors, nurses and occupational therapists. For the past 12 years Suzanne has been involved in the educating other physiotherapists and health care professionals in understanding the key to helping individuals manage their pain more successfully. She is especially interested in helping people with pain maintain their independence, return to or take up new hobbies and interests to help them maintain their fitness and confidence in exercising or participating in hobbies. Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist Clare Daniel has worked in chronic pain, audiology, women's health and HIV/AIDS services. The emphasis of her work is to help people reduce the psychological and physical impact of long term health problems. She is now the clinical lead of the UCLH COPE Pain Management Programme and is involved in teaching and training trainee clinical psychologists, physiotherapists and other health care providers. In addition to her doctorate in clinical psychology, Clare has completed the Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Practitioners Training (University of Bangor). She also has an interest in chronic pain research and was a research associate at Imperial College London for three years. Clare has written chapters on cognitive behavioural interventions for long term health problems and has presented much of her work at national and international conferences.


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 *

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