Half Title Page.
Table of Contents.
Understanding Back and Neck Problems.
1: Anatomy and Functions of the Spine.
2: Understanding Pain.
3: Overview of the Causes and Risk Factors for Back Pain.
4: How Aging Affects the Spine.
5: Facts about Low Back Pain.
6: Neck Pain.
7: Diagnosis and Treatment for Back Pain.
Maintaining Spinal Health.
8: Understanding Neutral Spine Posture.
9: The Importance of Proper Body Mechanics.
10: Ergonomics for a Healthy Spine.
11: Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders of Spine.
12: Back Pain Prevention at Work.
13: Preventing Back Injury among Caregivers.
14: Compensatory Workplace Exercises for a Healthy Back.
15: Ergonomic Tips for Driving.
16: Do Back Belts Really Work?.
17: When Wearing Backpacks, Are Kids Ergonomically Safe?.
18: Back Pain during Pregnancy.
19: Exercises for Low Back Pain.
20: Pilates Promotes Back Health.
Acute Injuries to the Back and Neck.
21: Neck Injuries.
22: Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine.
23: Osteoporosis and Fractures.
24: Understanding Spinal Cord Injury.
Chronic Disorders Associated with Back and Neck Pain.
25: Skeletal Deformities of Spine.
26: Inflammatory Joint Disease of the Spine.
27: Osteoarthritis: Degenerative Spinal Joint Disease.
28: Intervertebral Disc Disease.
29: Slipped (Herniated) Disc.
30: Spinal Stenosis.
32: Spina Bifida and Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome.
33: Spinal Tumors and Cysts.
34: Cervical Disc Disease.
35: Other Musculoskeletal Conditions of Back and Neck.
Medications and Rehabilitative Therapies for Spinal Problems.
36: Managing Chronic Pain.
37: All about Medications for Spinal Pain.
38: What You Need to Know about Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications.
39: Spinal Injections.
40: Physical Therapy for Back and Neck Disorders.
41: Back and Neck Braces.
42: Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain.
43: Spinal Manipulation or Home Exercise Is More Effective than Medication for Acute Neck Pain.
44: Chiropractic Care for Back Pain.
45: Meditation and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Ease Low Back Pain.
46: Yoga May Help Treat Back Pain.
47: Acupuncture for Back Pain.
48: M6-C™ Artificial Cervical Disc.
Information about Spinal Surgeries.
49: What You Should Know before Your Surgery.
50: Questions to Ask Your Doctor before You Have Surgery.
51: Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery.
52: Neck Surgery.
53: Low Back Surgery.
54: Spinal Fusion Surgery.
55: Bone Graft and Bone Allografts.
Cancers of the Back and Neck.
56: Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors.
57: Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer.
58: Nasopharyngeal Cancer.
59: Hypopharyngeal Cancer.
60: Oropharyngeal Cancer.
Clinical Trials and Research Studies.
61: Understanding Clinical Trials and Observational Studies.
62: Ongoing Clinical Trials for Back and Neck Related Problems.
63: Research Studies on Spinal Cord Injuries.
Additional Help and Information.
Glossary of Terms Related to Back and Neck Care.
Directory of Back and Neck Organizations and Resources.