I was recently turned on to a book written by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, a well known investigative journalist in regards to the back pain industry.
Before I give you some of my thoughts, let me disclose that I have not completed the book yet. I am through about 1/3 of it and have a decent idea of the direction it is going.
Overall, I certainly think this author does a very thorough (almost 500 pages) job of exploring ALL the options for back pain. Physical therapy, chiropractic, surgery, injections, etc.
And seeing that I’m on the inside of it, she certainly has a point with much of what she writes and investigates. That being said, some of what she writes is a bit over the top and extreme as I’m assuming she wants to sell books which means there is a certain ‘shock value’ expected.
What I do feel like she does a good job of doing is really making people think. I am always an advocate of patients being their own best advocate but this is so hard with conflicting advice all around from perceived ‘experts’.
Also furthering my bias is the fact that this author certainly seems to be leaning towards how I approach patient care. I guess this is confirmation bias, but it doesn’t hurt to get outside approval.
This author champions a ‘functional’ approach to care. She talks about the uselessness of old school methods such as e-stim and heat packs, and random treatment methods. She believes that many practitioners scare patients rather than empower them.
In fact, she interviews one of my first mentors in the this profession, Dr. Craig Liebenson and is a big fan of his work.
For those interested in this sort of thing, I’d recommend taking a look at this book, even if you don’t read the entire thing.
The more educated you are, the better and you will certainly learn a ton from this.