Back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and the second most common neurological ailment in the United States. Nearly 31 million Americans are currently suffering from some form of back injury or pain, and within the next five years, approximately one-third of Americans over the age of 18 will seek treatment for back pain.
The Encyclopedia of the Back and Spine Systems and Disorders is a comprehensive reference to these parts of the body and the ailments of sufferers. More than 250 detailed entries provide information on all aspects of the back and spine, including anatomy, metabolic processes, neurological systems, injuries, diseases and disorders, treatments, medicines, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle issues, current research, and much more. Written in a lively and engaging style, this accessible encyclopedia features extensive appendixes including lists of organizations, Web resources, and other useful information.
- Back injury
- Pain management
- Spinal concerns for children
- Spinal concerns for the elderly
- and more.
Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references.
About the Author(s)
Mary Harwell Sayler is an award-winning medical writer, poet, and writing instructor with extensive publishing credits. She is the author of Facts On File's The Encyclopedia of the Muscle and Skeletal Systems and Disorders.
Foreword author Arya Nick Shamie, M.D., is a professor of orthopedic spine surgery and neurosurgery at UCLA with vast experience in the surgical treatment of spinal disorders. Known nationally and internationally for his frequent presentations on various topics related to spinal surgery, his published works include numerous book chapters and articles.