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New Book Arms Public In Fight Against Back & Neck Pain

Pope, President & Paparazzi Prey Praise Practitioner With New Book

PRLog - Oct. 18, 2011 - What do former President Bill Clinton, Tommy Lasorda and Sylvester Stallone have in common?  They all sing the praises of specialist Vincent Fortanasce, M.D., whose best-known patient was Pope John Paul II.  Now the world-renowned expert is offering valuable information aimed at the estimated 80% of the population who suffer from the condition with his book, “End Back and Neck Pain,” a consumer guide that tells readers:

•      How to prevent/treat back & neck pain
•      How to “listen” to your body
•      Which specialists should you see and how to tell the difference
•      What questions to ask your doctor
•      When is medication appropriate
•      Should you see a chiropractor
•      When is surgery a good idea

            “Neck and back pain pose a devastating cost to our society,” said Fortanasce.  “In addition to the physical toll it takes on those who suffer from such pain, it’s the 3rd most expensive health-related cost right after heart disease and cancer.   It’s also estimated to cost our economy $40 billion each year.”

Among other related statistics about neck & back pain:

•      #1 most common cause for ER visits
•      3rd most common elective surgery
•      95% of the population will have at least 1 serious episode in their lives
•      60 million will be diagnosed this year alone
•      Pain typically starts in one’s 30s, most prevalent in those over 50
•      Those leading sedentary lifestyles or sit in same position are most vulnerable
•      92% family docs prescribe pain meds
•      94% chiropractors recommend manual therapy
•      27% surgeons advise surgery
•      Addiction to prescription meds is often linked to back/neck pain

“End Back and Neck Pain” ($19.95) is co-authored by noted spine surgeon Robert Watkins, M.D. and David Gutkind, DPT.  The book is available at www.HumanKinetics.com or by calling (800) 747-4457.

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