Mark D. Brown, MD, PhD

Published on Amazon/Kindle August 2013

Dr. Mark Brown launching Conquer Back and Neck Pain at the Miami Book Fair International

New edition of Conquer Back and Neck Pain published on line by Dr. Mark Brown

These are the reviews of the first edition of Conquer Back and Neck Pain published on Amazon.


39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FIRST 5-STAR BOOK REVIEW, June 12, 2008
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Thomas Tucker - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk It Off! A Spine Doctor'sProven Solutions For Finding Relief Without Pills or Surgery (Paperback)
This is the first book I have ever given a 5-star review.

No other medical ailment, except perhaps cancer, is more subject to misinformation and pure chicanery than back pain. Yet here is a guy who makes his living doing back surgery, yet thinks his specialty is overused, and that in most cases you can solve your problem just by maintaining healthy weight and doing aerobic exercises.

The book came at a perfect time for me. I was having so much lower back pain that I decided to take two weeks off with almost no moving, hoping that whatever it was would heal itself. Nature intervened, however, and I found myself outside for hours at a time with a chain saw cutting up trees and hauling heavy pieces to the burn pile. I was sure I would pay a terrible price in much worse back pain. To my surprise, however, my pain completely disappeared.

While I was trying to solve this puzzle, my wife saw a review of this book. It sounded good especially since the author is giving advice against his own financial interest, which is unusual. I ordered it from Amazon with extra-cost overnight delivery and read it the next day. (It isn't very long and the cartoons and illustrations take up some space.) Now I understand the reason for my instant cure.

The write-up in the product listing is excellent, so I won't repeat it, but it is important for you to know that it is very readable by a layman. (I'm never sure whether I have two livers and one kidney, or the other way around.

If you have back pain or just want to wow your friends with all the inside dope, get this book - fast.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, November 13, 2009
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tbone - See all my reviews
This review is from: Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk It Off! A Spine Doctor'sProven Solutions For Finding Relief Without Pills or Surgery (Paperback)
This is a great no nonsense book on neck and back pain. In the book, the doc goes over many common conditions that are associated with pain and goes over various therapies often used to treat them. He recommends that we tackle back/​neck pain with some exercise (like taking walks) as there is much data on the effectiveness of this. The body and especially the spine require motion by design in order to be healthy. He suggests that doing specific exercises in general (like physiotherapy) may cause more harm then good and that good old walking maybe the best bet. He cautions against the excessive use of caffeine and alcohol as these may lead to a bad outcome.

I have a grade one spondylolisthesis and have found his suggestions helpful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conquer Neck and back Pain, February 13, 2009
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Jeffrey E. Douglas (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk It Off! A Spine Doctor'sProven Solutions For Finding Relief Without Pills or Surgery (Paperback)
This book is a great resource for the millions of people that suffer from back pain. My doctor recommended the book and I was skeptical, but after reading and taking Dr Mark Brown's advice it is working.
I have started walking more and doing some Yoga stretching and my back feels much better. I know there are many cases that are serious and probably need surgey, but if you are undecided you should read this book.

I would tell anyone who is suffering from low back pain to give this book a read and it could be a life saver.

Thanks,
Jeff Douglas
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative guide to when surgery is truly required and when it is not, August 8, 2008
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This review is from: Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk It Off! A Spine Doctor'sProven Solutions For Finding Relief Without Pills or Surgery (Paperback)
Millions of Americans experience chronic back pain, and have little clue on how exactly to deal with it. "Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk It Off!" is a complete and comprehensive guide for sufferers, written by nationally renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Mark D. Brown. Despite his profession, Brown suggests against surgery for most types of back pain, suggesting many ways to relieve the pain without going under the knife - including literally walking it off. An informative guide to when surgery is truly required and when it is not, "Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk It Off!" is highly recommended for sufferers of back and neck pain, and for community library health collections.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book overall; misses one common type of back pain, August 13, 2008
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Larry Steinbecker "Larry-Boy Colorado" (Greeley, CO United States) - See all my reviews
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My step-dad just went through a major episode with his back, and this book was invaluable to making the process much less painful and expensive than it would have otherwise been. It helped immensely with the discussions with his doctor.

There is one type of back pain which I feel is common, and is overlooked by the book (it outlines seven types). I suffer from non-chronic back-pain. Occassionally my back will go "out", the muscles and nerves get pinched, tighten up or spasm, and eventually release (usually after a chiropractic treatment). The book doesn't give specific advice for this scenario, other than moderate exercise, which I have found to be useful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Way to Avoid Scammed Medicine, July 20, 2008
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Vernon F. Michalls (Basehor, KS) - See all my reviews
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This is a great resource to help folks avoid the common pitfalls of dealing with back and neck pain. It kept me from going to the next step (steroid shots) and then to back surgery. Walk it off is working.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars straight forward guide to managing back pain, June 10, 2011
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Marie K. Hudspeth "oak trees in a grove" (San Diego, CA, U.S.A.) - See all my reviews
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The good part of this book is that it is a matter of fact book that tells you most back pain can be overcome with simply getting out there and walking an hour. It is the single most helpful thing I have done in my long journey out of back pain. It doesn't cover myofascial pain or SI joint problems but has a brief section on chronic pain. It would be better if it had more on this but Dr. Brown does give you points on when you should "walk it off" and when not to. It does explain well that most pain drugs really aren't that helpful and which medicines he recommends and which exercises he recommends and doens't recommend. I think it is worth reading and listening to his points. It has pushed me to get out there and go further.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conquer Neck and Back Pain: Walk it Off !, August 8, 2012
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For anyone one with any kind of back pain---this book is a must read. Dr. Brown covers every kind of back pain in this short, easy to read book. It is indexted so you can go right to your type of problem. In the year and a half since I have seen Dr. Brown and read this book, which,, of course I found on Amazon---I have had no significant back problem. Shirley Guyton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back Pain, March 7, 2011
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Sandor Lenner (Miami, FL) - See all my reviews
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I found the book an easy read and was totally understandable. With the little time that docs have to discuss and educate patients, I found that the contents of the book to be helpful and reassuring.

Sandy Lenner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars conquer back and neck pain, October 5, 2012
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Best book for back pain. Highly recommend reading.
Explains a lot of different issues with back pain,
injections,pain relive, and surgery
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Finalist in the National Best Book awards in the health: exercise and fitness category

2008 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for first place in the "consumer health" category.


2008 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for first place in the "consumer health" category.

Mark D. Brown is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has been a practicing spine surgeon for 35+ years, with his Ph.D. thesis and all of his research being devoted to the cause, prevention, and cure of painful spinal disorders. He is a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine, and his other memberships include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Association, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, Medical Advisory Board of PinnacleCare, and the North American Spine Society. He serves as a Consultant Reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, on the Board of Associate Editors of Clincal Orthopaedics and Related Research, the Associate Editorial Board of Spine, and the Editorial Board of Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.

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