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Author: Cathryn Jakobson Ramin Narrator: Cathryn Jakobson Ramin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780062674340
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In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful—exemplified the worst aspects of the US health care system.

The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] well-researched and fascinating read detailing the heart-wrenching experience so common to millions of back pain sufferers. Ramin exposes the devastating financial and emotional cost of back pain…Ultimately, her in-depth research lights the way to a better path for healing.”

    Miranda Esmonde-White, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ramin offers a thoughtful and heartfelt way…to treat one of humankind’s most debilitating disorders—chronic back pain. A remarkable guide from someone who unfortunately had to make the journey, and found her way out.”

    Paul A. Offit, MD, author of Pandora’s Lab

  • “[A] thoroughly reported first-person take on the back-pain industry.”


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About the Author

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin is the bestselling author of Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife. Before the book, she was an investigative journalist writing for many national publications, including the New York Times Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has been a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and JAWS.