About the Book

Authored by experts of international renown, the new edition of The Biomechanics of Back Pain forms a bridge between the latest research and the effective clinical management of patients with back problems.

Now published for the first time in full colour, the volume presents a unique synthesis of the latest research findings and explains its recent changes in emphasis - from trying to understand and reverse age-related spinal degeneration to addressing the soft tissue causes of pain.

Clinically orientated and highly practical throughout, The Biomechanics of Back Pain has become the standard platform by which readers keep abreast of research and developments in the field and is essential for all clinicians involved in the care and treatment of patients with back pain, as well as for those studying its causes and methods of prevention.


  • Established authoritative text for clinicians, lecturers, researchers and those working in the medico-legal arena
  • Emphasizes the latest perspectives in research and shows how it is now leading to advances in clinical methodology
  • Provides an overview of the best original research – including more than 350 new references – to provide researchers with the latest and most important information relating to back pain
  • Additional chapters devoted to Sensorimotor Control, and Cervical Spine Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Contains over 150 full-colour line artworks and more than 60 photographs
  • Includes more than 350 new references
  • Now published in full colour with improved page design and navigation


  1. Introduction
  2. The vertebral column and adjacent structures
  3. Muscles and fascia of the lumbar spine
  4. Nerves and blood supply to the lumbar spine
  5. Back pain
  6. Epidemiology of back trouble
  7. Biology of spinal tissues
  8. Growth and ageing of the spine
  9. Forces acting on the thoracolumbar spine
  10. Mechanical function of the thoracolumbar spine
  11. Mechanical damage to the thoracolumbar spine
  12. Cervical spine biomechanics
  13. Posture, creep and "functional pathology"
  14. Sensorimotor control
  15. Spinal degeneration
  16. Preventing back pain
  17. Conservative management of back pain
  18. Biomechanics rationale for spinal surgery
  19. Surgery for disc prolapse, spinal stenosis and back pain
  20. Medico-legal considerations
  21. Summary and Conclusions

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