• by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
  • Narrated by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
  • 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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OK, but a lot of inaccuracies

Mostly an excellent book, but the blanket/stereotyping of certain interventions was disappointing. I'm a chiropractor and have studied with McGill. I've studied the McKenzie technique and DNS extensively among other soft tissue techniques. While I realize there are many terrible chiropractors out there, there are also many very intelligent ones who employ movement based therapy, education and patient empowerment. The author made very brief mention of Dr. Craig Liebenson, chiropractor, which was great, but if she would have extrapolated more on his contribution to stopping the rack and crack approach that would have been nice.

Additionally, all of the above could be said for physical therapy. There are many good ones.

I feel as though the book never really said what works other than movement. Which I agree, but for the back pained reader I am not sure a concrete direction was given. The best advice however, was that surgery and other high tech interventions often fail.

Good book, but not excellent.
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- Dr. Z

Journalistic approach to back pain

Loved all the information about the back pain Industry. So many stories and examples of treatment. I'm definitely more motivated to take care of my back now. Thank you!
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- Melissa Wittmayer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio