Why do you have backache ? What are the treatments available to you ? Can osteopathy help ? What to do when the pain is persistant and recurring ? How can you protect your back ? What precautions need to be taken in pregnant women and children ? Does the "mental" aspect play a part in curing it ? This book is a thorough guide to current medical knowledge about the causes of backaches, how to prevent them and how to treat them. Bernard Duplan, a rheumatologist, heads a department at the rheumatology hospital in Aix-les-Bains. Marc Marty is a rheumatologist at the Hospital Henri Mondor, in Creteil.