The End of Back Pain
Access Your Hidden Core to Heal Your Body

By Patrick Roth, M.D.

A neurosurgeon tells the truth about back pain.

Patrick Roth M.D. believes that most of what you have been told about back pain is completely wrong. In The End of Back Pain, Dr. Roth introduces a novel way of both conceptualizing and treating back pain.

Pain is explored within the context of a dynamic brain/body relationship. A method of treating back pain by strengthening a set up muscles referred to as the “hidden core” is introduced which features the use of kettlebells. The book also features a diagnose yourself section, a surgeon’s perspective of conservative and surgical treatments for back pain, and a prediction of how back pain will be treated in the next decade.

After reading the book you will understand why:

  • Your back should be straight when its bent
  • Pain medications cause more pain
  • Surgery is merely a preparation for physical therapy

You will also learn about:

  • The brain’s judicial function
  • The placebo effect, and its partner, the nocebo effect
  • The anatomy and physiology of the core
  • How to exercise with kettlebells
  • The “back genome”

View Dr. Roth’s Hidden Core Workout Video

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Published by HarperOne | Paperback | 256 pages | ISBN: 9780062197740


“Patrick Roth courageously addresses the chronic pain epidemic/crisis head on. Chronic pain consumes 1/4 of our healthcare expenditures in North America. Why is this so? Well, physicians treat these patients as if they had acute pain. They operate, they do procedures, and they prescribe narcotic medication — all of which are doomed to failure in this patient population. Dr. Roth offers a solution and provides not only a rationale for dealing with chronic back pain, but also provides structure for orchestrated recovery. Bottom line, this is a GREAT BOOK. Must reading for anyone with a back.”
Edward Benzel, M.D., Chairman of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic

“Pat Roth has done a masterful job describing the complex mechanisms that create back pain, a leading cause of morbidity and disability in the United States. Spine surgeons have developed sophisticated techniques to treat back pain, but Dr, Roth elucidates exercise techniques to strengthen core muscles that will hopefully keep the majority of us off the operating table and out of pain. The book is a phenomenal treatise on the management of back pain by a cutting edge surgeon who sees the bigger picture.”
— Mark Bilsky, M.D., Chief of Spine Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

“As a busy orthopedic surgeon, my chronic low back pain has been an obstacle to enjoying a pleasant day for many years. I have been treated with a variety of exercise programs, injections and pain medications. The unique approach so clearly presented in Dr Roth’s The End of Back Pain is an outstanding and simple way to conquer your pain and improve your quality of life. Understanding and treating your “hidden core” will assuredly help you as it did me.
Michael Kelly, M.D, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, Hackensack University Medical Center

“Dr. Roth’s book addresses one of the greatest embarrassments of American Medicine, treatment of back pain. The current system rather than helping this epidemic condition actually acts as a co-conspirator through wrong counsel and practice. Dr. Roth’s book is the antidote to this mal-practice.”
Walter Bortz, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine

“Dr. Roth’s ‘stackable’ exercise program is designed to strengthen the muscles on all sides of the spine, providing an inner support structure to minimize exacerbations of back pain. If patients with chronic back pain are willing to put forth the effort Dr. Roth prescribes, most will be able to take control of their back pain future.”
Carl B. Heilman, M.D., Chairman of Neurosurgery at Tufts University School of Medicine

“For those suffering from low back pain, Dr. Roth offers a unique program that combines the body and mind in a clear, thorough, and meaningful way.”
Steven Kirschblum, M.D., medical director at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

“I highly recommend this book to any back pain sufferer who is interested in controlling their back pain. In fact I will make this required reading for spine fellow surgeons that train with us every year.”
Richard D. Guyer, M.D., chairman of Texas Back Institute

“As the co-founder in 2001 of RKC, the world’s first kettlebell instructor certification system—and as the originator of the modern kettlebell movement—I have long championed the skilled use of kettlebells to help reduce or prevent back pain. I therefore applaud Dr. Roth for his compelling, well-reasoned and eminently practical explanation of how the diligent application of this core-strengthening tool can have a profound impact on back health. Accessible medical science vindicates ancient exercise wisdom in Dr. Roth’s impressive contribution to a healthier, safer world.”
John Du Cane, CEO, Dragon Door Publications