“From the perspective of diagnosis and treatment, there are few human afflictions that require as full an understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection as back pain. This remarkable book, written by a true practitioner of the art of medicine, is full of information and wisdom. Where many authors promote a one-size-fits-all “treatment du jour,” Dr. Stern offers a common sense, personalized guide that will resonate with most chronic back pain sufferers. In this comprehensive yet easy to read book, the author maintains his commitment to the credo “First Do No Harm” with thoughtfulness and compassion. For those of us who have ever tried to navigate a sea of conflicting medical opinion, I strongly recommend Ending Back Pain as required reading.”
Steven F. Horowitz, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Medical Director, Planetree and Cardiac Care Management
Cardiology Chief Emeritus – Stamford Hospital
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
“Every once in a while a medical book comes along that is a “game changer”, i.e., it changes our approach to and thinking about an aspect of medicine or medical care. Ending Back Pain by Jack Stern, M.D., Ph.D., is just such a book. Humans have been challenged with low back issues and pain ever since we began to walk erect, and low back issues consistently account for millions of visits each year in the U. S. to physicians and other health related professionals. This clearly-written and well-referenced book provides us with a new paradigm for thinking about low back pain and empowers back pain sufferers with the information to get to the bottom of their back pain problem. Based on his many years of experience and the latest scientific data, Dr. Stern provides an easily understandable 5 step plan of action that serves as a guide to a more pain-free existence. The book also includes a list of practical daily activities and behaviors that can be helpful in preventing or managing low back pain as well as a thoughtful discussion of the often-avoided challenges associated with low back pain. Dr. Stern skillfully deals with the dizzying and complex array of factors that cause and/or contribute to back pain, and he engagingly and candidly sprinkles illustrative patient stories to drive home his points. In the end, the reader is armed with information that he or she can use to advocate intelligently for the care they need and deserve. This book is a must-read for anyone suffering with back pain, which is nearly all of us at some point in our lives.”
Edward R. Block, M.D.
Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor
University of Florida
College of Medicine