Patient Introduction

Join the Ranks

What? Back Care Boot Camp? About now, you might be thinking, "Hey, I didn't join the army!" Perhaps you didn't. But the fact that you're reading this introduction probably means you've had back pain or a back injury. If so, you have joined the growing army of people who've had back problems. Experts say that as many as eight out of 10 people will have back pain that hampers work or play in their lives.

If you feel like a new recruit, don't worry. You won't be asked to hit the floor and do 20 pushups. But when you've had back pain once, there's a 90 percent chance you'll have it again sooner or later. The key is knowing how to take care of problems when they happen and how to lower your chances of future problems. That's what Back Care Boot Camp is all about.

A successful military effort requires planning, preparing, and responding - along with a healthy dose of discipline. Likewise, people who've had back problems do best when they have a plan, when they prepare, and when they respond using ideas and methods that work. Back Care Boot Camp provides the information and resources to help you succeed in this mission. We're counting on you to provide the needed discipline by applying the tips and strategies you'll learn.

Why Back Care Boot Camp?

The number of people afflicted by back pain continues to rise. The economic costs are staggering, but so are the costs in discomfort, pain, and suffering. Granted, most people who have back pain for the first time feel better within six to 12 weeks, regardless of the treatments they do (or don't) get.

Most people who've had back pain once don't get better by themselves. They may begin to have less pain, but that isn't always a sign that everything has returned to normal. Scientists have determined that having back pain, even once, can alter the way your back and abdominal muscles work, which can leave your spine unsupported and prone to another injury. That's where Back Care Boot Camp comes in. It details these new facts. It also teaches you ways to energize your muscles again to protect your back and to reduce the chances of having a future problem.

Unfortunately, a small percentage of people with back pain don't get better right away, and they end up with long-term (chronic) back pain. About 10 percent of these chronic cases account for more than 80 percent of the costs for low back pain. Back Care Boot Camp gives immediate guidance to help you head off potential long-term problems - before they occur.

Back Care Boot Camp is built on the most recent information. The experts who designed the program have sifted through global resources and identified the best methods and information for helping people with back pain. When you've completed the program, the syllabus and accompanying information are yours to keep. So you'll always have a handy resource that is filled with references, tips, and strategies you can use again and again.

What's in It for Me?

The Back Care Boot Camp program includes eight sessions that are designed for eight clinic visits. Each session is divided into seven main sections.

Goals:
Goals are listed at the beginning of each session. Read each goal carefully, and focus your energy on the most important elements of the session.

Information to Master:
Read this section in detail. It will help you understand why your therapist wants you to practice a particular skill or do a specific exercise.

Answers to Review:
Use this session to compare your answers from last session's Questions for Review.

Skills to Master:
These skills give you the nuts and bolts on how to take care of your back. Each skill includes a rationale, a description, a recommendation, and a list of possible concerns. Practice only the skills shown by your therapist. You'll be asked to demonstrate these skills at the next clinic visit.

Drill Time:
This is your opportunity to demonstrate the skills you've been practicing. Your therapist will drill you and make sure you're doing each skill correctly.

Questions for Review:
Take a few moments to answer the questions listed in this section. They form a summary of the information and skills within the session.

Review:

The key points of the session are listed
for a quick review and can be used as a refresher in
the future.

Your Mission

Your mission is to learn all you can about taking care of your back. Back Care Boot Camp is just one resource to help you succeed in this mission. It is best used as part of a comprehensive therapy program. Always follow the advice of your doctor and therapist. When you've completed the program, you'll be a seasoned veteran who knows how to successfully take care of your spine.

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