We released my new book, The Spine Owner’s Manual, to Kindle this week, and made it free for this first week as an incentive to read it.
The word “manual” is important as, like all manuals, it explains what something is, how it works, what can go wrong, and how to fix it. This is incredibly important for your spine as despite the crucial role it plays in everything you do and the fact that back and neck problems actually represent the largest percentage of all time missed from work today, it’s an area where very few straight answers are given to patients. Part of that is because many doctors don’t have a solid understanding themselves of how the spine works, and part is because what you’re told about your back pain or neck ache and how to diagnose and treat it is very dependent on what kind of medical professional you see.
Unlike with something straightforward, like a strep throat, primary-care physicians, orthopedic surgeons, sports-medicine physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists, and the subspecialties they work within, all have very different paradigms of treatment when it comes to treating the spine. While these paradigms are often contradictory, they each have an important kernel of truth. What’s been missing up to now is a paradigm that connects the dots.
Building on the concepts of Orthopedics 2.0 and taking those kernels of truth from each modality, updated research, and clinical experience, The Spine Owner’s Manual presents a simple and novel way to understand what your spine is, what it does, how to tell if it’s working properly, and what to do if it’s not. It covers terms you might hear, diagnoses you may be given, and treatments that will likely be suggested.
The Spine Owner’s Manual also covers the game changer to spine care: interventional orthopedics. Looking at the body as a whole and understanding the finely tuned and interdependent way all parts of the body work together allows for more accurate diagnosis. Simple things, like knee issues, hip pain, and bunions to name just a few, so commonly originate in the back that exams for these problems should routinely include a very thorough low-back exam—but unfortunately they don’t. Once an accurate diagnosis is made, being able to use a patient’s own stem cells and platelets in precise image-guided injections to get a nerve that’s gone off line working again, tighten up ligaments that have created sloppy disc movement, treat a disc rather than remove it, all without surgery, is transformative.
The upshot? The Spine Owner’s Manual gives you access to more than 2,500 pages of easy-to-understand information wherever you are. I hope you enjoy becoming an expert on that very important structure, which at this very moment is allowing you to sit or stand or use the computer or device you’re reading this on, hug your loved ones, do your job, walk, run, cycle, and most of everything you do in a day. I really enjoyed writing it!
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.…