When I first wrote Orthopedics 2.0 way back in 2012, it was a way to get down on paper all of the ideas that had been building in my head for years. Since then it’s been rewritten a few times and will soon be again so that it keeps pace with the incredible explosion in regenerative medicine. I’m proud to say that it’s also an Amazon best seller in its category. However, it needed something more, which is why today I’m launching my new book focused on the spine, The Spine Owner’s Manual.
If Orthopedics 2.0 has one problem, it tries to cover too much. I somehow had to make sure that patients with pain in the neck, back, knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, and ankle could all get something out of the book. However, it’s now time to introduce more-focused-problem-area books so that patients can dive deep into understanding their problem.
First, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I love taking complex information and simplifying it for patients. I’ve always scoffed at physicians who feel the need to talk 30,000 feet above their patient’s heads. While this may seem like they have expertise, it’s more insecurity on the part of the doctor, as if by talking above someone’s head, the person isn’t likely to notice that you don’t understand the topic.
Second, many patients with neck and back problems get the shaft. Why? This lack of excellent spine care happens because there are only a few simple concepts that drive modern spine care. Also, many people, in general, have a hard time thinking outside the box. In fact, this is doubly so in medicine, where thinking outside the box gets you into trouble. Hence, most of what you can get offered in traditional medicine if you have back or neck issues can be boiled down to a few simple concepts:
The book covers more, but you get the idea. The average patient with chronic headaches, neck pain, or upper or lower back pain is often out of luck in trying to find answers. This book aims to give them those answers and help them solve their life-altering pain nightmare.
The upshot? The Spine Owner’s Manual will be one of many to come that will focus on a particular body area. I’ll begin working on the next installment, “The Knee Owner’s Manual,” sometime over the holidays. Take a few minutes to download my new spine book and maybe consider giving it to a loved one, family member, or friend who finds themselves in one of the problematic buckets described above!
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About the Author
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…