Book Discussion: Low Back Pain Syndrome

This book provides a complete approach to the etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of low back pain (LBP). An organized and thoughtful approach to the patient with LBP is necessary because of the prevalence of the disorder, the vast resources used in evaluation and treatment, and the financial burden placed on individuals and society through disability and chronic pain. The author, an expert in physical medicine and rehabilitation, views LBP as a “neuro-musculo-skeletal-psychological” entity.

The goals of the book are to provide an approach to the evaluation of LBP that addresses each of these areas and to review recent developments in the literature on LBP. The book is geared toward all health professionals involved in diagnosing and treating LBP. However, it is most suited to specialists in orthopedics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. A strong point of the book is an extensive and up-to-date reference list following each chapter.