Journals, Books, and Research Publications

Here we will provide a brief list of some of the most prestigious journals, books, and research publications in back pain medicine.

What we do know about diet, nutrition, sports medicine, orthopedics, and health in general is that sometimes we seem to know nothing. One report says that all foods containing animal cholesterol are bad, while another report says that we have so many problems because our American diet is so high in carbohydrates. Some research publications say that the most common cause of chronic back pain is due to herniated disc material pressing into the spinal nerves. Other published works say that the main cause of back pain is not due to disc disease but actually because of poor stress management skills and unresolved emotional problems (see Dr. Sarno's Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection). What does the latest data tell us about the cause of back pain and their treatment options? Here we will try to present the latest findings.

Knowledge Translation in Health Care: moving from evidence to Practice: This is a recently published book that includes submitted editorials from luminaries in the field such as Kristiann Allen, MA, Onil Bhattacharryya MD, Sarah Boiwen PhD, and Melissa Brouwers Phd.

What we do know about healthcare and technology is that access to published data is much more rapid that it ever was before. We do know that it is easy to record data about patients and to analyze the results, using new and powerful statistical programs. But one of the problems today is making sense out of the untold trillions of data out there. What does all this data tell us about treating disease and treating chronic pain conditions? The authors of this non-fiction book aim to tell us how to make sense of it all, through a process known as knowledge translation.

Often in a patient's case, many different types of healthcare professionals have access to the various medical images and history within the click of a button. In a few seconds, a primary care physician, physiatrist, or clinical psychologist may have access to all of your medical records, medication list, and MRI images. What do they do with all of that information? Also, how do the various healthcare professionals involved with your case communicate with each other so that you don't get conflicting advice and information? Here are the two key learning points that describe how "Knowledge Translation" answers these questions:
  • Gaps between evidence and decision making occur between various healthcare professionals involved in your care as well as between them and yourself.
  • Knowledge translation is the process by which doctors communicate with one another as well as you to provide you with all the information you need to understand the cause of your disease, as well as how it affects your body. From there, these processes will provide you with accurate and easy to understand treatment options available to you, as well as the most appropriate ones.

NIH - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke www.ninds.nih.gov Though there are many books out there that make you understand the cause of disease and what treatment options are available, there is usually some type of bias that make its authors in favor of one treatment system over another. A medical doctor who writes a book about back pain is more likely to recommend physical therapy over acupuncture or herbal therapy. An actor turned holistic healer, as was the case with the Founder of the Alexander Technique, is going to be more likely to look at poor body mechanics as the cause of back pain.

In all likelihood, there will be truth in the philosophies of all healthcare philosophies. None of these health systems and treatment techniques would go anywhere if a majority of the people who tried them didn't feel a lot better. If they didn't work, none of us would have even heard of them, probably.

Yet there are a lot of treatment systems out there that have been in regular use for some time, despite little evidence that supports them. Examples of treatment systems that show little clinical support in the research literature include ultrasound, electrotherapy, and inversion therapy. Much is this research has been provided to the public by the NIH.