by Grant Cooper, MD and Alex Visco, MD
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: DiaMedica; 1 edition (June 16, 2009)
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In an increasingly sedentary society, where it is often unnecessary to get up from one's desk for long periods of time, neck pain has grown to epidemic proportions. This handbook explains the causes, simple steps that may be effective at home, when it’s time to see a doctor, and the range of available and effective treatments. Written by two physicians with extensive experience managing neck and joint pain, the book details how to set up a workplace to prevent injury, a simple, effective 10-minute program of stretches and strength training, the importance of good posture, medical and surgical options when necessary, and more. Perhaps most importantly, The Neck Pain Handbook discusses how the reader can prevent neck pain, so that once it's gone, it stays gone.
Grant Cooper, MD is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician who specializes in the treatment of spine, joint, muscle, and nerve pain. Dr. Cooper is Co-Director of the Princeton Spine and Joint Center in Princeton, NJ. He has appeared on ESPN Radio, National Public Radio, and hosted "Back Pain Radio" on World Talk Radio.
Alex Visco, MD is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist and medical director of East Coast Spine, Joint, & Sports Medicine in Hoboken, NJ. He specializes in the non-operative care of painful conditions of the spine, joints and muscles, including sports-related injuries.
This book is a great introduction to neck pain both it's causes and some simple exercises that can help alleviate it. It's written by two doctors which to me makes it seem a little more credible than some other books that have been out in the marketplace. It's written so that it's easily understood by the average person and contains some easy to understand charts and pictures.
The chapter about the neck had some excellent illustrations to help you understand how the neck works. It also had some excellent pictures in following chapters to demonstrate bad posture positions and also examples of simple exercises you can do to alleviate the problem.
This book is targeted for those people who have chronic neck pain that is caused by poor posture and a lack of exercise, but there are sections that are devoted to other types of neck pain (such as those stemming from injuries) but they are very brief.
While they did discuss the importance of seeking medical treatment for certain symptoms, I was impressed that they also included a section on alternative treatments for the problem.
This book was a pretty quick read but I felt was very imformative. It has some great exercises, charts, diagrams and photographs and as someone who has suffered from neck and back pain for years it gave me some ideas on how I could treat and possibly prevent some of what I've been dealing with.
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