Back Up

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Back pain is the one of the world's greatest public health challenges. It is the leading reason we visit the doctor, the leading reason we take time off work, the biggest cause of disability worldwide. One in 10 people will develop chronic back pain. And rates are growing.

A multi-billion dollar industry exists that claims it can fix back pain - by shrinking discs, melting nerves, cutting spines up and putting them back together. Yet leading experts say that more often than not, all this expensive medicine is making things worse.

Liam Mannix is one of the many who experience back pain, and he takes this as a starting point for this compelling and urgent work of investigative journalism. A theory has emerged, born from cutting-edge neuroscience, that claims back pain often has little to do with the back or the discs or the spine. Instead, back pain is all about the brain. This new science offers new solutions - including, remarkably, evidence that just by teaching people this theory of pain we can reduce it.

'Forget everything you think you know about back pain. This book will do your head in, which is exactly what needs to happen. That's where the answers lie.' - Dr Norman Swan, medical journalist and host of ABC Radio's Health Report