From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Back Pain!


In undertaking any book on healing, my mission is always to alleviate unnecessary pain, suffering and disability. My work is firmly focused on helping people recover as well as possible using the latest science in rehabilitation medicine. I am not alone in this mission and so first I would like to acknowledge with gratitude my colleagues who are physicians specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation — physiatrists. Next, I thank the many other healthcare professionals who are dedicated to rehabilitation medicine and helping people to live optimally no matter what constitutes their underlying illness or injury.

Bringing important health information to the public is a core mission of Harvard Medical School. As the Chief Editor of Books at Harvard Health Publications, I work with many people who deserve mention. However, in an effort to be brief, those who should be recognized for this collaboration with Chicken Soup for the Soul include Rusty Shelton, Anthony Komaroff, Ed Coburn, Natalie Ramm, Robert O’Connell and Linda Konner. On the Chicken Soup for the Soul side, no one has worked harder on this series of books than Amy Newmark.

I am immensely grateful to the people who shared their stories in this collection. There were far too many wonderful contributions to use them all in this book, and we chose the ones that worked best with the medical information presented. I firmly believe that everyone’s life experiences have much to teach all of us, and it is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to share these stories with readers.

Finally, I want to thank my family, especially my daughter, Anna Rose, who agreed to write a story about her experience with neck pain.

If you are in need of healing, I hope that this book provides you with some helpful strategies as well as inspiration to take with you on your journey.



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