The back pain industry is full of crooked methods, book claims – New York Post


The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options—showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.

Key Takeaways:

  • Charlatans and snake-oil salesmen preying on the desperation of millions of back pain sufferers have grown into a $132 billion industry in the United States alone, an explosive new book claims.
  • There is “very little evidence” that shows spinal fusion surgery — the elective surgery patients in the US spend the most on — is more effective than intensive rehabilitation.
  • The book also accuses the pharmaceutical industry of exploiting back pain to overprescribe highly addictive drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin, fueling America’s opioid addiction crisis.

“Ramin argues the psychological impact of back pain, which will affect up to 90 percent of people at some point in their lives, is so severe that people are compelled to pursue any possibility of relief.”

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