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The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand - a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades - delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn't, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery.
In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine - often ineffective and sometimes harmful - exemplified the worst aspects of the US health-care system.
The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions and with others who triumphed over their limitations.
The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers and all types of health-care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections, and painkillers and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options - showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.
©2017 Cathryn Jakobson Ramin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenkintown family on 12-14-17

great story and great info

the best part of this book is the decision making Tools in her woven. This means the book answers questions like how can you tell that your yoga teacher or physical therapist or even physician is qualified to give you advice.

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2 out of 5 stars
By ivan on 04-04-18

Plenty of detail, no solution

After an exhausting amount of information, no real solutions. When I started the book I was so hopeful that she would offer a conclusion to help me with my back pain. She made it seem that if I would just listen through all of the overly detailed stories of the greed driven medical industry (which is not new information) , then she would offer methods of helping or healing. Instead, she basically claims all surgeries, injections, chiropractic and pain medications are bogus and potentially deadly, and then references dozens of alternative methods to that essentially conflic each other. So Cathryn, is it all mental? Emotional? Physical? Spiritual? A complex combination? Is it go harder in the gym? Finding a trainer with big hands? Perfected alignment? Is it muscles too tight and big or loose and small? Is it the deep rooted unexpressed anger? Well, what is it?

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