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"...this interdisciplinary textbook [Low Back Syndromes] does an exceptional job of incorporating current evidence and understanding of what has been a clinical challenge into a syndrome classification approach. In addition, this is one of the first textbooks to combine the contributions of all relevant clinical specialties into a single work...this is a must-have reference for all practicing clinicians." Physical Therapy 20061201

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LOW BACK SYNDROMES: Integrated Clinical Management

Craig E. Morris, DC

Written by an interdisciplinary team, Low Back Syndromes is the first truly comprehensive multidisciplinary text for low back disorders. Because today’s patients expect their clinicians to possess an in-depth understanding of available treatments, this text covers the broad spectrum of clinical options currently available. From chiropractic to osteopathy, from medicine to physical therapy, from occupational medicine to evidence-based health care, from psychology to surgery, from pain medicine to manipulation, from post-surgical rehabilitation to end-stage training of elite athletes, this is the first textbook to bring all the specialists together to allow clinicians direct access to state-of-the art standards of practice from a single source. Featuring internationally acclaimed contributors from a variety of specialties, this text is a practical guide for mastery of both traditional and newer techniques.
Comprehensive, well referenced, and heavily illustrated, Low Back Syndromes is the ideal instrument for experienced clinicians, interns, and students. Features include:
• Foundations in functional anatomy, biomechanics, epidemiology, and neurophysiologic aspects of motor control, setting the stage for deeper understanding of pathology
• Fully detailed major treatment options, including McKenzie protocols, psychotherapeutics, pain management, and mobilization and manipulation techniques
• 500 illustrations
• In-depth diagnostic and assessment methodologies
• Red flags for referral
• Detailed rehabilitation strategies
• Management of athletic injuries―including those of elite athletes
• Numerous case studies dramatizing application of methods and principles
• Excellent referencing
• Recommended Reading by the American Back Society

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Low Back Syndromes is a major advance in integrated care of complex back cases - C.Gean, MD 29 Mar. 2007
By C. Gean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Low Back Syndromes - Integrated Clinical Management

Ed. Morris, C

(McGraw-Hill Medical Publishers -2006)

My first thought when I saw the first edition of Dr. Craig Morris' Low Back Syndromes - Integrated Clinical Management was, "Will this book be of any use to me?" As an allopathic doctor (i.e., "regular medical doctor"), I did what most of us do - I checked out the quality of the book's information in my specialty, Occupational Medicine. What I found amazed and excited me - the subject matter was relevant and detailed. The writers were the best people in their fields and, most appealing, almost all of the chapters contained useful tools, i.e., well-referenced copies of standard assessment and outcome measurement tools. The visual analogue scale for pain, the Oswestry back disability scale, and the FABQ psychological outcome measure tools were ready to use, to name a few. Equally important, there was clear instruction describing how and when to use them!

The quality of the contributing authors is astounding. These luminaries included Dr. Rick Delamater, the orthopedic spine surgeon from UCLA famous for his pioneering work on artificial discs, Professor Vert Mooney, the orthopedist who revolutionized non-operative management of herniated discs, and Professor Vladimir Janda, the internationally famous neurologist and rehabilitation medicine physician who pioneered neuromotor control and spinal stabilization strategies.

The book is organized around low back syndrome identification and treatment. All the relevant areas of expertise (allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic, psychology and surgery) are covered in excellent detail and, most important to me, all are well referenced. The book's coverage of pure medical issues includes chapters on pain medicine, surgical management and recovery, occupational medicine, neurology and psychological issues. Each of these fields are covered by experts who give very practical insights that can be applied in medical practice.

As low back disorders are some of the most difficult cases we treat, having top practitioners in their fields describe and explain how their specialty looks at, diagnoses, and manages low back syndromes is an enormous benefit to an allopathic medical practitioner (i.e., "regular" MD) who needs to manage the complex back problems of real patients. In addition to the medical issues, chapters in the book describe physical therapy, chiropractic and psychology management strategies. These give a detailed and broad picture of the tools and practical techniques professionals in these areas use. Of greatest interest to me was the information (well referenced!) on current standards and clinical end points accepted by these fields. Did you know that physical therapists perform manipulation and mobilization and that chiropractors perform exercise and rehabilitation?

Chapters of particular interest to an Occupational Physicians such as myself include:

Occupational Medicine Chapter (Ch. 34): This chapter, written by Dr. Alan Colledge (Director of the Utah Workers' Compensation system and developer of the SPICE model) describes to the occupational physician what the options are for complex low back pain and how you go about implementing them.

Psychological Screening Chapter (Ch. 19): this chapter answers one question that I always struggle with, i.e., when is it appropriate to send a back patient for psychological evaluation, what happens in this process and what do you do with the outcome.

Evidence-based Treatment of Back Pain Chapter (Ch 31): This chapter is written by Professor Nikolai Bogduk (an internationally renowned physician and a leading authority on pain management). This chapter is a gem and describes a step-by-step, practical, evidence-based guide for the regular practitioner to handle back pain.

Post Surgical Management/Rehabilitation Section: This contains chapters on radiology (which technologies are best for which spinal disorders), neurology (which neurodiagnostic tests to run and when), minimally invasive techniques (what ARE those pain management techniques and when do they apply) and each of these sections is of enormous practical utility.

As noted, Dr. Morris' book covers medicine, surgery, physical therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy and psychology. If you are an expert in one of these areas, but not all (this is the typical situation, of course), this essential book provides an invaluable explanation of current standards of practices among all the key fields impacting low back disorders and injuries. It also gives well referenced insight into answers to questions like, "What are your clinical options from other fields?", "What kind of evaluation and treatment can you expect from all these different specialists?", "What are the end points used by other specialists and on what success do they base their therapies?", and "What are standards of practice in each of these other specialty areas?".

Dr. Morris indicated that his purpose in writing the book was (1) to share the science-based rationales for the different approaches to the spine, (2) to reduce the barriers between professionals in different specialties and (3) to promote better management of patients. He achieved these goals and Low Back Syndromes succeeds both as a serious, practical and careful scientific work, and also as a singular book of ambassadorship among the different spine care disciplines.

If you want to provide the optimal, evidence-based management for your spine patients, utilizing the wisdom and accumulated knowledge of ALL the important disciplines, this book is an essential tool.

Constantine Gean, MD, MS, MBA, FACOEM, FACPM

Chief Medical Officer, Unum Group, Inc.

Associate Clinical Professor, Volunteer faculty,

Department of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

University of California at Irvine
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amazed at the quality of this book! 1 Oct. 2009
By Book gobbler - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the title says, this is a fabulous book! It covers pretty much every conceivable angle you could think of concerning low back. I'm mostly interested in the rehabilitation parts as a back patient myself, and I especially loved the rehab strategies explained as well as different exercise tracks with pictures and instructions of the exercises made slowly more and more demanding.

I've read a lot of evidence-based back books recently and this is so far the best book. This book is also totally in sync with the "Motor control approach" developed by Australian physiotherapist-scientists. In other words it is in sync with the latest scientific knowledge concerning this area. One of the developers of the Motor control approach, Paul Hodges, is also contributing to the book.

I absolutely recommend this book.
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Low Back Syndromes 11 Jan. 2010
By Michael S. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought a copy of this when it was introduced at the American Back Society Meeting. When my copy turned up "borrowed" recently I promptly ordered another. Anyone dealing in pain management or back should have one of these for both patient and personal education. While the fine points in back surgery are changing almost daily, there are many principles that remain. The sections on diagnosis and nonsurgical management are especially useful.
Comprehensive coverage of low back pain management 20 Feb. 2013
By Dr. Scott Cuthbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Craig Morris and coauthors have presented a comprehensive, science-based exposition covering the many different approaches to the spine. The text's numerous specialists interact with one another throughout the narrative and thereby reduce the barriers between professionals in different specialties that deal with spine care. Finally, with such a comprehensive approach to assessing spinal disorders, this book offers a way to better manage of patients with low back pain. This book is a significant, reliable, and careful scientific work, and one that creates a mutual dialogue among the different professional disciplines that treat people with low back syndromes. The work of Vladimir Janda is presented brilliantly in this book, with pictures of the old master examining patients and writing about what he sees. Dr. Morris is definitely a student of Dr. Janda, and his tribute to him in this book is moving. This book meticulously explores Low Back Syndromes...it is highly recommended!

-- By Dr. Scott Cuthbert, author of Applied Kinesiology Essentials: The Missing Link in Health Care (2013), and Applied Kinesiology: Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions (2013).
Low Back Review 21 May 2015
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Craig Morris does a great job on explaining everything you want to know about low back syndromes. This was a required text for a post-grad certification that I took, and I must say that I was surprised at how much a gained from this book. I was not familiar with Craig Morris' work, I was more familiar of the teaching by Prof. Stu McGill. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to either refresh or expand upon their knowledge of low back syndromes. There is so much new information coming out on low back syndromes, this was a great resource to build a foundation on.
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