Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2010 - Spinal canal - 108 pages
Spinal stenosis usually brings to mind images of bone spurs, pinched nerves, a wornout spine and pain. However few people know that scientific studies have shown up to 69% of people over the age of 55 to have spinal stenosis on an MRI exam, but no pain.
Clearly radiographic pictures of one's spine do not tell the whole tale, as there are many people that are able to live pain-free with spinal stenosis. But if having a horrible looking spine on an MRI doesn't necessarily mean you'll have pain, then what does?
Well, consider the study that checked out the back muscles of spinal stenosis patients with an EMG - and found that 17 out of 22 of them had abnormalities! Apparently there are other factors involved that might determine if one will have pain or not.
Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis will answer these kinds of questions and more. It will teach you what spinal stenosis is and how it got there. Then, you will learn what you can do about it by putting your spine through a series of "Tune-Ups."
Based en rely on randomized controlled trials, Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis is a simple, yet effective program that can be done in the privacy of your home with minimal cost or equipment. Exercise sheets are included to help guide you step-by-step through a sixweek program.
Jim Johnson, P.T. is a physical therapist who has spent over nineteen years treating both inpatients and outpatients with a wide range of pain and mobility problems. He has written many books based completely on published research and controlled trials including The Multifidus Back Pain Solution, Treat Your Own Knees, The Sixty-Second Motivator, Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff, The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution, Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World, Exercise Beats Depression and Treat Your Own Tennis Elbow. His books have been translated into other languages and thousands of copies have been sold worldwide.
Besides working full-time as a clinician in a major teaching hospital and writing books, Jim Johnson is a certified Clinical Instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association and enjoys teaching physical therapy students from all over the United States.
 

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Contents

Heres Whats Going On In Your Back
1
What Will Happen to Your Back Over the Long Run?
25
How to Make Your Back Much Stronger
32
How to Make Your Back More Flexible
58
How to Improve Your Proprioception
65
Measure Your Progress
87
Comprehensive List of Supporting References
93
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Jim Johnson is a licensed physical therapist with over fifteen years of research, teaching, and clinical experience with chronic back pain patients. Currently he is an instructor in physical therapy at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Scott D. Boden, MD, is director of the Emory Spine Center and associate professor of orthopedic Surgery at Emory University Hospital in Decatur, GA. He is the deputy editor of The Spine Journal.

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