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ABC of Spinal Disorders

Andrew Clarke (Editor), Alwyn Jones (Editor), Michael O'Malley (Editor), Robert McLaren (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7069-7
72 pages
December 2009, BMJ Books
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Spinal problems are one of the most common presentations confronting general practitioners. GPs see over 5 million patients per year in relation to back pain alone. It is one of the most common causes of absence from work and has an estimated treatment cost of £12 billion.

Written by a multidisciplinary team of authors, including doctors, physiotherapists, and osteopaths, the ABC of Spinal Disorders is uniquely placed to address the causes and management of the different spinal conditions presenting in general practice. Providing practical guidance and advice on diagnosis, treatment, and when to refer the patient for further help, it is ideal for general practitioners, junior doctors, Foundation doctors, and all allied health professionals.

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Table of Contents



1 Clinical Assessment of the Patient with Back Pain (Philip Sell, Steve Longworth).

2 Imaging of Spinal Disorders (M.P. Caplan).

3 The Paediatric Spine (Alwyn Jones).

4 The Cervical Spine (Tim Germon).

5 Back Pain (Simon MacLean, Claire Chambers, Andrew Clarke).

6 Sciatica, Stenosis and Spondylolisthesis (Anthony T. Helm, R. O. Sundaram, Michael O’Malley).

7 Tumours, Infection and Inflammation (Rathan Yarlagadda, Daniel Chan).

8 Whiplash (Kate Prince, Andrew Clarke, Alwyn Jones).

9 Osteoporosis and Osteoporotic Spinal Fractures (John R. Andrews).

10 Physiotherapy in Spinal Conditions (Adrian Brown).

11 Osteopathy (Walter Llewellyn McKone).

12 Chiropractic (Richard Brown).

13 Pain Management (Darryl Johnston).

14 Psychological Approaches to Managing Chronic Back Pain (Elenor McLaren, Robert McLaren).


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