Back and Neck Health

Back and Neck Health

Mayo Clinic Guide to Treating and Preventing Back and Neck Pain

Mohamad Bydon


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Useful information on spinal conditions by an orthopedic surgeon and “one of the most reliable, respected health resources that Americans have” (Publishers Weekly).

Back and neck pain are common complaints. When you think of all of the work your back and neck do each day—constantly moving, bending and twisting as you go about your day-to-day activities—it’s not surprising problems develop. It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of American adults will experience at least one bout of back pain during their lifetimes. The Mayo Clinic book Back and Neck Health looks at common back and neck conditions and what can cause them. The book also discusses different ways to treat back and neck pain. This includes self-care steps you can take at home, several interventional approaches, and different types of surgery. The final chapter of the book focuses on lifestyle and how to maintain good back and neck health.


Mohamad Bydon:
Mohamad Bydon, M.D., is a professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Health Services Research at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, Minn. As a neurosurgeon, he specializes in the areas of complex spine surgery, spinal oncology, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Bydon is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency and a clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At Mayo Clinic, Dr. Bydon see patients regularly and has received honors for his exceptional delivery of patient care. He also serves as Assistant Dean of Education in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Enterprise Registry, a real-time patient safety and outcome platform that integrates data from Mayo Clinic’s hospitals and clinics nationwide. In addition, Dr. Bydon is the principal investigator of the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory, dedicated to advancing neurologic patient care and safety. Dr. Bydon is a frequent lecturer and has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts in addition to hundreds of book chapters, abstracts and other written publications. He is currently editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Neuroscience and holds reviewer responsibilities for several scientific publications. Dr. Bydon sits on the executive boards of three national neurosurgical societies.