Scoliosis & Spine Surgery Books
- Scoliosis Surgery: The Definitive Patient’s Reference 3rd Edition by David K. Wolpert.
Excelllent book for the adult scoliosis patient and family preparing for scoliosis surgery.
- Stopping Scoliosis: The Complete Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment (Paperback) by Nancy Schommer.
An older but well known book with lots of practical information and advice for the teenage patient with scoliosis, written by a scoliosis patient herself.
- Preparing for Surgery by Jim Reeves.
- Deenie by Judy Blume.
Older but well read book which relates trials and tribulations of adolescent girl being diagnosed and treated for scoliosis.
- There’s an S on My Back: S is for Scoliosis by Mary Mahoney.
Told in the first person relates the experience of a 5th grade girl as she goes through the journey of the diagnosis and treatment (bracing) of scoliosis.
Back Pain Books
- Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence (Paperback) by Eric Goodman (Author), Peter Park (Author), Lance Armstrong (Foreword).
Although geared toward higher performance clientele this is an excellent reference for the foundations of core back rehabilitation.
- Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection Mass Market (Paperback) by John E. Sarno.
An older book which presents a theory of “tension myositis” for back related problems . It focuses on the emotional source of back pain and lays out and adaptive and functional psychological approach to managing non structural chronic back pain.
- Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain (Paperback) by Pete Egoscue (Author), Roger Gittines.
A mechanistic approach to chronic back pain by a well known physiologist who advocates an involved physical therapy rehabilitation program for the spine.
- 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot by Esther Gokhale and Susan Adam.
This author takes an anthropologic approach to back pain observing the low prevalence of chronic back pain in 3rd world countries versus high prevalence in developed western countries. She attributes this disparity to poor habits and maladaptive posture and proposes a simple and practical regimen of exercises, stretching and posture techniques.
Exercise Books / CDs
- Back RX: A 15-Minute-a-Day Yoga- and Pilates-Based Program to End Low Back Pain by Vijay Vad and Hilary Hinzmann.
Written by a sport medicine physician who proposes a back rehabilitation program which combines elements of physical therapy, yoga, and pilates into a simple 15 minute exercise regimen.
- Discover Tai Chi For Balance and Mobility (Scott Cole Wellness Series) (CD) by Scott Cole (Actor, Director), Claire Karstadt.
Tai Chi for an older patient population focused on exercises to improve balance strength and mobility.
- Pilates for Fragile Backs: Recovering Strength and Flexibility After Surgery, Injury, or Other Back Problems by Oheneba Boachie-Adjei MD and Andra Fischgrund Stanton.
Written by a renowned spine surgeon who proposes a Pilates based exercise program designed for patients recovering a spinal injury or spinal surgery.
- Back Care Basics: A Doctor’s Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief by Mary Pullig Schatz, B.K.S. Iyengar and William Connor.
Incorporates relaxation with mobility and strength training to address back injuries and pain.
- Scolio-Pilates : Exercise for Scoliosis, the Step-by-Step Exercise Guide for Professionals and Their Clients by Karena Thek Lineback.
Pilates for the scoliosis patient written by an experienced instructor.