By: 30 January 2018
BOOK REVIEW: AOSpine Masters Series: Back Pain

Volume 8 Hardcover (2016)

Authors: Jeffrey Wang , Luiz Roberto Gomes Vialle

Publisher: Thieme Medical Publishers

Current statistics indicate that 75-80 per cent of people worldwide will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. Lumbar pain is a leading cause of disability – a global public health burden with serious economic implications.

Written by internationally renowned spine experts, the eighth volume in the AOSpine Masters series is a concise, state-of-the-art overview on fundamental management strategies and current issues and challenges. The book addresses current clinical issues as international masters share their expertise in the core areas in the field. The goal of the series is to contribute to an evolving, dynamic model of evidence-based approach to spine care.

The text covers the full age spectrum – from childhood to older adulthood – and contributing factors such as the sacroiliac joints, genetics and spine infections. Clinical evaluation, treatment options, recent research advances and future perspectives are systematically examined and presented in a clear format. With commentary from leading authorities, this compendium presents candid discussion of the significant challenges faced by clinicians who treat back pain.

Among the issues addressed are managing patients who have undergone multiple operations, chronic back pain, failed spine surgery, and what to do when all nonsurgical and surgical options have been exhausted.


Key Highlights

  • Economic considerations, risk factors, and legal aspects.
  • Neurological causes including myopathies, neuromuscular disease, Parkinson disease and dystonia.
  • Conservative treatment options such as drugs, physiotherapy and complementary medicine.
  • The role of minimally invasive surgery in treating degenerative lumbar spine disease.
  • Must-read bibliographic references in every chapter with bullet lists of pearls and pitfalls summarise critical points and key concepts of The AOSpine Masters series, a co–publication of Thieme and the AOSpine Foundation.