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Watch Your Back!: How the Back Pain Industry Is Costing Us More and Giving Us Less - and What You Can Do to Inform and Empower Yourself in Seeking Treatment

by Richard Deyo ILR Press
Pub Date:
10/2014
ISBN:
9780801453243
Format:
Hbk 232 pages
Price:
AU$54.99 NZ$56.51
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Over the past twenty years, treatment of back pain has become ever more expensive and intensive. Use of MRI scans, narcotic painkillers, injections, and invasive spine surgery have all grown by several hundred percent. In some areas of medicine, newer treatments have improved quality and duration of life, but as back pain is treated more aggressively, annual surveys of people with back pain report steadily worse impairments. In Watch Your Back!, Richard A. Deyo, MD, proposes an approach to managing back pain, which most adults in the United States experience at some point, that empowers the individual and leads more directly to effective care.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, fewer medical interventions may produce better results. Expecting a probe, a pill, or a procedure to cure back pain is usually unrealistic, yet entire industries promote the notion that someone else will "fix" you. Watch Your Back! exposes these flaws in the current approach to back pain, along with the profit motives and conflicts of interest behind many of them. The book dramatizes the problems with stories of prominent individuals who encountered high-tech pitfalls, then found low-tech solutions suited to their lifestyles and the nature of their back pain.

Watch Your Back! Will be useful not only for people with back pain but also for doctors and policy makers. Our health care system has a growing interest in reducing waste, overuse, and unnecessary care. There's a consensus that health care is too expensive and that we get too little for the money. Back pain exemplifies a problem for which we can simultaneously improve quality of care and reduce costs.

1. Back Pain Nation2. Even the Best and Brightest3. What's Wrong? What's Not? Can We Tell the Difference?4. Painkillers: Easy Solutions Sometimes Aren't5. Painkillers and the Marketing of Pain6. Pain Management, Now That's Money7. Stabbed in the Back8. Surgical Gadgets and the Explosion of Fusion Surgery9. The Pointed Search for Relief: Injections, Ablations, and Blocks, Oh My!10. Why Would You Get Better after Useless Therapy?11. Manipulating the Pain: Chiropractic and Other "Alternative" Treatments12. Nobody Takes It Seriously!13. Boot Camp14. Amplifying Your Voice15. Some Policy ImplicationsNotesIndex

'Richard A. Deyo, MD, is one of the foremost experts in evidence supporting and refuting back pain treatments. He writes with enormous authority on the topic. Here he transforms his knowledge into a readable form for patients. Watch Your Back! also contains enough clinical wisdom to be of value to clinicians and policymakers.'aJane C. Ballantyne, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine
Richard A. Deyo, MD, is Professor of Family Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University. Winner of the Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award given by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, he is coauthor of Hope or Hype: The Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises.

Richard A. Deyo, MD, is Professor of Family Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University. Winner of the Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award given by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, he is coauthor of Hope or Hype: The Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises.