Books written by our doctors

1. The Arthritis Handbook: U Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis
(A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness) (Paperback).

by Grant Cooper, M.D

Book Summary:

The Arthritis Handbook:ÜImprove Your Health and Manage The Pain of Osteoarthritis dispels the common myth that joint pain is a natural part of aging, and provides readers with the knowledge they need to prevent further deterioration, take an active role in their treatment, and ultimately reach their health goals. By making some basic lifestyle adjustments – including proper nutrition, exercise, and a few carefully selected supplements, most people with arthritis can enjoy a healthy, pain-free, active lifestyle. This handbook will help everyone affected by arthritis to better understand the entire spectrum of care— from diet, exercise, and supplements to more aggressive treatments such as drugs, injections, and surgery.

Praise for The Arthritis Handbook:

“The Arthritis Handbook is a wonderful book for all patients with arthritis as well as anyone wishing to avoid joint pain in the future. Using easy-to-read language, Dr. Cooper explains how arthritis is caused, and seamlessly depicts how it can be prevented and treated. Nutrition, exercise, supplements, medications, injections and even surgical options are all explored with wonderful clarity. Readers will find this book both practical and informative.”

-Loren Fishman, MD, Author of Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide and Sciatica Solutions: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Cure of Spinal and Piriformis Problems

“The arthritis epidemic has affected the quality of life of millions. Dr. Grant Cooper’s handbook is a must-read for the baby-boomers to take charge of their arthritis and remain active and healthy well into their golden years.”

— Vijay Vad, MD; Author of Arthris Rx- A Cutting Edge Program for a Pain-Free Life, Back Rx: A 15-Minute-a-Day Yoga- and Pilates-Based Program to End Low Back Pain, and Golf Rx: A 15 Minute-a – Day Core Program for More Yards

“A joy to read, the book offers much help and advice to those who suffer from arthritis.”

— Willibald Nagler, MD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Weill Cornell Medical College, Author of Dr. Nagler’s Body Maintenance and Repair Book

“Inspiring, informative and practical, this is a book I will recommend to all of my patients with arthritis! Dr. Cooper has brilliantly woven together the arthritis essentials, including its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. This practical, user-friendly book is a must-read for anyone with joint pain!”

— Joseph E. Herrera, DO, Director of Sports Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

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2. The Neck Pain Handbook: Your Guide in Understanding and Treating Neck Pain (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

by Grant Cooper, MD and Alex Visco, MD

Book Summary:

In an increasingly sedentary society, where it is often unnecessary to get up from one’s desk for long periods of time, neck pain has grown to epidemic proportions. This handbook explains the causes, simple steps that may be effective at home, when it’s time to see a doctor, and the range of available and effective treatments. Written by two physicians with extensive experience managing neck and joint pain, the book details how to set up a workplace to prevent injury, a simple, effective 10-minute program of stretches and strength training, the importance of good posture, medical and surgical options when necessary, and more. Perhaps most importantly, The Neck Pain Handbook discusses how the reader can prevent neck pain, so that once it’s gone, it stays gone.
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3. Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis (Musculoskeletal Medicine) (Paperback), Humana Press

by Grant Cooper, M.D

Book Summary:

This book provides a concise step-by-step approach to confidently establishing a working clinical diagnosis and finding appropriate treatment options for the most common musculoskeletal ailments. Organized by body region and written with clarity, this guide details the important questions to ask in history taking, the physical examination maneuvers appropriate for each pathology, the possible explanations and additional tests needed to diagnose the condition, and the most up-to-date treatment options available. The book offers clear explanations why each step in the history and physical examination is performed and discusses the basic pathophysiological processes involved. The ailments covered include neck and shooting arm pain; shoulder pain; elbow pain; wrist and hand pain; low back, hip, and shooting leg pain; knee pain, ankle pain, and foot pain. Numerous photographs demonstrate the correct hands-on methods for physical examination of the patient. A value-added CD-ROM version of book is included for downloading and use in the reader’s PC or PDA.

Praise for Pocket Guide to Musculoskeletal Diagnosis:

“This guide is one I will recommend and suggest to not only young physicians in training, but also to my peers and colleagues.”

-Robert S. Gotlin, DO, Beth Israel Medical Center

“…provides many valuable feature for practitioners treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system.”

-Canadian Family Physician

“This unique offering would be of value for medical students and practitioners who may not have extensive training in musculoskeletal diagnosis and who want to have direct access to a quick reference for musculoskeletal exam and diagnosis. Special kudos go to the author and publisher who had the foresight to provide an electronic version for the ubiquitous PDAs.”

Doody Reviews by Mark R. Hutchinson, M.D., (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)

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4. Blueprints Orthopedics (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

by Grant Cooper, M.D

Book Summary:

Designed as a quick read for students on an orthopedics rotation and others who want to know more about the specialty, Blueprints Orthopedics covers the essentials that every student needs to know in a pocket-sized, practical reference. Coverage of each anatomic region begins with a concise overview of high-yield surgical and functional anatomy, followed by the physical examination, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of common disorders that students are likely to encounter. Fifty multiple-choice review questions are included, plus appendices on career and residency opportunities, a handy reference list of commonly prescribed medications, and a glossary of key terms and tests.
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5. Hospital Survival: Lessons Learned in Medical Training (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

by Grant Cooper, M.D

Book Summary:

This book relates some of the countless, colorful stories that have occurred during the first year of clinical rotations and presents them in a manner that will not only entertain but will also mentor with the hope that the lessons of others will allow a smoother path for the next generation of students. The lessons in this book are applicable to any medical student doing a clinical rotation, intern, or resident and will appeal to anyone who wants to know what really goes on inside our hospitals.

Praise for Hospital Survival: Lessons Learned in Medical Training

“Gripping. Every medical student and intern needs to read this book.”

—Joseph Herrera, DO, Director of Sports Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

“I couldn’t put this book down. I only wish I had read it BEFORE my internship! It would have saved me many headaches. To any and all students, interns, and residents out there, learn from the mistakes catalogued in this book so you don’t have to suffer them first hand.”

—Zinovy Meyler, DO, 3rd year PM&R resident, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York, NY

“Hilarious, terrifying…and real. Hospital Survival: Lessons Learned in Medical Training paints a penetrating picture of what goes on behind the scenes in hospitals. This is a must-read for any medical student, intern, resident, or anyone who wants to know what really goes on in hospitals.”

—Robert Berberian, MD, 2nd year resident, Family Practice, Mt. Sinai/St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency, Clifton, NJ

“Intelligent, humorous, and insightful. Dr. Cooper has given us insight into the errors that are made by the well-meaning but overworked, intelligent but overstressed young men and women on the front lines of our hospitals.”

—Amir Cohen, MD, MBA, Glaucoma Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology, Yale University, New Haven, CT

“Funnier than ‘Scrubs,’ more intriguing than ‘House M.D.,’ with the fast-pace of ‘ER,’ and the drama of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’…this is the real thing.”

—Alex Visco, MD, Private Practice, New York, NY

“The advice is honest, sincere, and not overbearing and the stories are quite entertaining. It is an excellent choice when one wishes a light break from journal reading or the newspaper. It’s a nice break for a weekend, or for traveling to a CME course. But, it has true wisdom to impart.”

—Doody’s Book Review Service

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6. Essential Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Musculoskeletal Medicine) (Humana Press)

by Grant Cooper, M.D

Book Summary:

Comprehensive and concise review of the essential facts needed to do a successful clinical rotation in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Writing to be quickly read and comprehended, the authors spell out the implications of brain injury, the effects of spinal cord injury, the uses of orthotics and prosthetics, and the crucial importance of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation to maximize functional independence. Additional chapters detail the principles of pediatric, neuromuscular, cancer, and orthopedic rehabilitation, and demonstrate the use of electrodiagnostic techniques that can be used to help localize a lesion of the neuromuscular system and determine its severity, time course, and prognosis. The book also provides a handy review for passing PM&R board exams.

Praise for Essential Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

“This book serves as an introduction for medical students and junior residents … . The main purpose of this book is to provide information to inexperienced staff, enabling them to begin a rotation confidently … . The book is easy to read and is presented in a clean and concise manner … . useful as a guide for students and newly qualified physiotherapists. … It could also be very useful as a refresher or revision tool … . good addition to a physiotherapist’s personal library.”

(Hayley Jackson, Physiology, June, 2007)

“Good basic book for those trying to discover the basics of the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.”

Doody Reviews, Rachna H Soriano, D.O., (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

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7. Therapeutic Uses of Botulinum Toxin (Hardcover) (Springer-Verlag New York, LLC)

by Grant Cooper, M.D

Book Summary:

Therapeutic Uses of Botulinum Toxin outlines and examines our current understanding of botulinum toxin and its various therapeutic applications. The editors explore how this novel compound fits into a wide variety of treatment algorithms across medical subspecialties. Each chapter focuses on a particular symptom and explains how botulinum toxin is currently used for treatment. The chapter authors are all leaders in their fields and are respected for their progressive approach to treatment. Physicians will benefit not only from those chapters devoted to their particular sub-specialty, but from the inspiring success resulting from the use of botulinum toxin in other patient populations. The concluding chapter examines questions of immunity, explores economic issues, and attempts to forecast future directions for this novel and somewhat mysterious drug. Clinicians across a wide variety of disciplines will refer to this comprehensive reference time and time again.
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8. Manual of Musculoskeletal Medicine (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

by Grant Cooper, M.D. and Joseph E. Herrera, D.O.

Book Summary:

This high-yield, user-friendly manual is a practical road map for all physicians who diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal symptoms, including physiatrists, orthopedists, internists, family practitioners, rheumatologists, and neurologists. Organized by anatomic region, the book provides a step-by-step approach to the diagnosis and aggressive nonsurgical management of common musculoskeletal symptoms. Each chapter opens with diagnosis and treatment algorithms for common chief complaints. Numerous high-yield points give a clear picture of each complaint and a logical, stepwise approach to management. The authors also indicate when a symptom is an emergency or requires surgical evaluation.
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9. Never Smoke Again : The Top 10 Ways to Stop Smoking Now and Forever (Square One Publishers)

by Grant Cooper, M.D.

Book Summary:

It isn’t easy to stop smoking. Yet according to the American Lung Association, well over 45 million Americans have already quit. How did they do it? They found the method that worked for them and they stuck to it. Often, it wasn’t the first method they tried. In fact, most smokers attempt to quit several times before they are successful-before they find the technique that works for them. This book can help you find the method that’s right for you so that you never smoke again.
Never Smoke Again begins by taking a long, hard look at cigarettes, at why you smoke them, and at how they keep you coming back for more-even when you want desperately to toss them away. It then presents ten chapters, each of which focuses on one of the top ten techniques for quitting smoking: cold turkey, tapering off, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, nicotine nasal spray, nicotine inhaler, zyban, chantix, hypnosis.
For each stop-smoking method, you’ll discover what the method is, how it works, how you can best use it, what its risks and drawbacks are, and how effective it is compared with other available techniques. Special Pros and Cons sections highlight the important features of each method, making it easier to pick the tool or tools that are most suited to your needs. A Resources list guides you to organizations that can provide further information and support, rounding out your arsenal of anti-smoking weapons. You have within you the strength and resolve needed to kick the smoking habit forever. Never Smoke Again will show you how to access that power, team it up with a proven quitting technique, and begin a new, healthy, cigarette-free life.
Praise for the Never Smoke Again: The Top 10 Ways to Stop Smoking Now and Forever:
“Take your last puff! These are accessible and insightful programs to stop smoking forever.”

Mehmet Oz, M.D., Best selling author of You: The Owner’s Manual

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10. Essential Sports Medicine (Musculoskeletal Medicine)

by Joseph E. Herrera, D.O. and Grant Cooper, M.D.

Book Summary:

Sports medicine is a popular medical sub-specialty. Sports medicine certainly overlaps with general musculoskeletal medicine, but there are important differences to be aware of Essential Sports Medicine provides the highest yield, comprehensive, pertinent information about sports medicine so that the busy clinician can find it accessible and practical. Medical students, residents, and fellows will find Essential Sports Medicine useful for providing an accessible overview of the most salient points in the field of sports medicine.
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11. Essential Dance Medicine (Musculoskeletal Medicine) (Hardcover)

by Ana Bracilovic, M.D.

Book Summary:

Interest and public participation in various forms of dance is at an all-time high in the United States. From children to young adults to senior citizens, people today are increasingly participating in dance-related activities that make exercise fun. In addition to ballet, modern and jazz, popular classes combine dance with aerobics, yoga, Pilates and various toning and strengthening programs. Injuries resulting from these activities are common. With this growing population, physicians are facing a new kind of patient involved in dance. From amateurs to professionals, their injuries vary in the biomechanics, treatment and rehabilitation from many injuries usually seen in sports or other performance arenas.
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12. Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Medicine

by Grant Cooper, M.D., Stuart Kahn, M.D., Paul Zucker, P.T.

Book Summary:

Written in a user-friendly format and utilizing a case study approach, Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Medicine describes how acupuncture fits into the treatment paradigm for musculoskeletal complaints. Several different acupuncture treatment styles are presented, and in each example the choice of acupuncture points is explained in detail. These suggested treatments are meant not merely as recipes, but rather as strategies that can be applied to a variety of clinical complaints and conditions.

Each case study includes physical examination findings, diagnostic studies, differential diagnosis, and recommendations for standard medical treatments. This is followed by one or more detailed acupuncture treatment strategies. Finally, there is a review of the published research regarding acupuncture as it pertains to musculoskeletal medicine.
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13. Lower Back Pain: Everything You Need To Know About Treating Lower Back Pain (Diamedica)

by Grant Cooper M.D., Alexander Lee M.D., and Stuart Kahn, M.D.

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14. Physical Therapy Prescriptions for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Grant Cooper, M.D. and Evan Chait, P.T.

Book Summary:

Physical Therapy Prescriptions for Musculoskeletal Disorders equips musculoskeletal physicians with a full understanding of how to write an effective physical therapy prescription, what takes place during physical therapy, and how the therapist fulfills the prescription. The book reviews cases of patients with typical musculoskeletal problems and shows how the physician arrives at a diagnosis and a physical therapy prescription. Each aspect of the prescription is discussed so that the physician understands each phase of the treatment. The book then follows the patient as seen by the physical therapist. The therapist describes exactly how (s)he uses the prescription, works up the patient, ascertains his/her own diagnosis and treats the patient. Illustrations show each of the exercises described.
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15. Chronic Neck Pain: The Essential Guide to Finding Neck Pain Relief

Veritas Health, edited by Grant Cooper, M.D.

Book Summary:

If you struggle with long-lasting neck pain, you know the toll it can take. Maybe your neck pain flares up and feels sharp when you try to be active. Or maybe it’s a nagging ache that worsens at night when you’re trying to sleep. There are countless ways for neck pain to interfere with the life you want.

This book aims to help you take back control. Compiled from the best doctor-authored, peer-reviewed articles of, this book offers easy-to-read information about neck anatomy, why neck pain may persist, how to get an accurate diagnosis, and which treatments may help reduce pain and improve quality of life.
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16. Regenerative Medicine for Spine and Joint Pain

Grant Cooper (Editor), Joseph Herrera (Editor), Jason Kirkbride (Editor), Zachary Perlman (Editor)

Book Summary:

Regenerative medicine (RM) is a rapidly expanding topic within orthopedic and spine surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation medicine. In the last ten years, regenerative medicine has emerged from the fringes as a complement and challenge to evidence-based medicine. Both clinicians and patients alike are eager to be able to offer and receive treatments that don’t just surgically replace or clean old joints or inject away inflammation or work as a stop-gap measure.
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17. A Case-Based Approach to Neck Pain: A Pocket Guide to Pathology, Diagnosis and Management

Michael Harbus, Grant Cooper, Joseph E. Herrera, Zinovy Meyler, Marco Funiciello

Book Summary:

An evidence-based, user-friendly review of the literature for common neck pathologies. Includes engaging case material to bring the content to life. An excellent resource for orthopedists, physiatrists, primary care and sports medicine practitioners.

18. A Case-Based Approach to Knee Pain: A Pocket Guide to Pathology, Diagnosis and Management

Michelle Leong, Grant Cooper, Joseph E. Herrera, Peter Murphy

Book Summary:

An evidence-based, user-friendly review of the literature for common knee pathologies. Includes extensive case material to bring the content to life. An excellent resource for orthopedists, physiatrists, primary care and sports medicine practitioners

19. A Case-Based Approach to Hip Pain: A Pocket Guide to Pathology, Diagnosis and Management

Jasmine H. Harris, Grant Cooper, Joseph E. Herrera, Ana Bracilovic, Arth Patel

Book Summary:

An evidence-based, user-friendly review of the literature for common hip pathologies. Includes extensive case material to bring the content to life. An excellent resource for orthopedists, physiatrists, primary care and sports medicine practitioners

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