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Musculoskeletal Medicine

The Spine

  • Authors
  • Loïc Burn
  • John K. Paterson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Basic Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xv-xv
    2. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 1-10
    3. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 11-29
    4. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 30-58
    5. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 59-81
    6. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 82-87
    7. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 88-117
    8. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 118-140
    9. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 141-148
  3. Clinical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 151-166
    3. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 167-180
    4. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 181-182
    5. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 183-279
    6. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 281-286
    7. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 287-290
    8. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 291-291
    9. Loïc Burn, John K. Paterson
      Pages 292-293
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-301

About this book

Introduction

Neck and back pain are common symptoms which vary from the trivial to the incapacitating. Conventional medical textbooks concentrate disproportion­ ately on those causes which have clear-cut diagnostic patterns and pathological features demonstrable by investigations. Discussions of treatment often overemphasize the importance of the tiny minority of patients who proceed to surgery. Real life is very different. The majority of patients who consult their general practitioners do not suffer from readily categorized diseases, have no diagnostic investigational signs, and often respond to treatment in no other way than that expected from the passage of time. It is not surprising that such a situation has led to the emergence of a number of gurus, both orthodox and unorthodox, who provide diagnostic labels and treatment methods united by only one thing - certainty. I had expected two such prominent exponents of manipulative techniques as the authors of this book to be among those offering certainty and demanding blind acceptance but I was wrong. This book explores the scientific basis for treatment and evaluates a vru:iety of therapeutic options. It offers an approach to assessment and treatment which is overtly pragmatic but firmly based in conventional clinical medicine. It is a book which invites discussion, comment and criticism in an area where many texts offer little but dogmatism.

Keywords

clinical application pain pathology physiology surgery

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-0715-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6807-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0715-7
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