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ABC of Spinal Disorders


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.

Contributors vii

Preface ix

1 Clinical Assessment of the Patient with Back Pain 1
Philip Sell Steve Longworth

2 Imaging of Spinal Disorders 7
M.P. Caplan

3 The Paediatric Spine 11
Alwyn Jones

4 The Cervical Spine 14
Tim Germon

5 Back Pain 19
Simon MacLean Claire Chambers Andrew Clarke

6 Sciatica Stenosis and Spondylolisthesis 22
Anthony T. Helm R. O. Sundaram Michael O’Malley

7 Tumours Infection and Inflammation 26
Rathan Yarlagadda Daniel Chan

8 Whiplash 31
Kate Prince Andrew Clarke Alwyn Jones

9 Osteoporosis and Osteoporotic Spinal Fractures 34
John R. Andrews

10 Physiotherapy in Spinal Conditions 39
Adrian Brown

11 Osteopathy 43
Walter Llewellyn McKone

12 Chiropractic 46
Richard Brown

13 Pain Management 49
Darryl Johnston

14 Psychological Approaches to Managing Chronic Back Pain 52
Elenor McLaren Robert McLaren

Index 57