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IT Band Pain ST79624146 Nov 11, 12 +Order #ST79624146
November 11, 2012

Total cost: 19.95
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Last book update: Jun 11, 22
Last book access: Jul 31, 22

The Complete Guide to IT Band Syndrome

90,000 words, 79 chapters, 225 footnotes, last updated Jun 11, 22.

A perpetual best-seller for runners and by far the most detailed information available anywhere about this frustrating knee problem. IT band syndrome takes the prize for “most misunderstood common knee pain.” Many readers have told me that this book saved them from thousands of dollars worth of useless therapy and months of wasted time.

Jul 31, 22Jun 11, 22
Trigger Points ST79624146 Nov 11, 12 +Order #ST79624146
November 11, 2012

Total cost: 0
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Last book update: Mar 25, 22
Last book access: Aug 11, 22

The Complete Guide to Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain

207,500 words, 182 chapters, 477 footnotes, last updated Mar 25, 22.

Muscle knots cause or complicate many of the world’s aches and pains, and this book takes a “teach a man to fish” approach to dealing with them. Even if muscle knots are not your main problem, they are often the most treatable part of another problem.

Aug 11, 22Mar 25, 22

The other 8 books on…

Professionals may be interested in buying access to some or all of the others; patients usually do not need so many! If you spend $100 on individual books in total, you will automatically be granted access to everything, or see below for a single complete-the-set purchase.

Neck Pain
BUY $1995

The Complete Guide to Neck Pain & Cricks

112,500 words, 80 chapters, 420 footnotes, last updated Jan 13, 22.

Dive into the mysteries of neck pain and especially the awful phenomenon of the neck “crick”: what is that feeling, and what can be done about it? Like all books, myths are debunked, especially the neck posture myth, and every imaginable self-treatment option is reviewed.

Muscle Strain
BUY $1995

The Complete Guide to Muscle Strains

36,000 words, 57 chapters, 115 footnotes, last updated Jun 15, 22.

Everything you need to know about the humble muscle strain — routinely mistaken for other things. Ideal for athletes with strains that never seem to heal.

Low Back Pain
BUY $1995

The Complete Guide to Low Back Pain

180,000 words, 131 chapters, 625 footnotes, last updated Aug 10, 22.

Most low back pain books try to convince you that there’s a cure.This book debunks those books — like Myth Busters for your back — so that you can stop wasting your time and money on therapies that don’t make much sense. It presents one major treatment theory that’s quite safe, inexpensive, bullshit-free, and not widely known; it also reviews many of other major treatments and key concepts as well.

Patellar Pain
BUY $1995

The Complete Guide to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

107,500 words, 101 chapters, 318 footnotes, last updated Jun 14, 22.

Knee pain hope. Ordinary “arthritic” knee pain has its myths, but it is ridiculously complex. This extremely thorough, readable guide demystifies frontal knee pain and explains why conventional therapy almost always fails … and what might work instead.

Plantar Fasciitis
BUY $1995

Complete Guide to Plantar Fasciitis

71,000 words, 61 chapters, 230 footnotes, last updated Jun 17, 22.

The problem with plantar fasciitis is that it may not have anything to do with the plantar fascia. There are a few different causes of similar heel pain. Even when it is about the plantar fascia, the exact problem is poorly understood and tricky to treat.

Shin Pain
BUY $1995

Shin Splints Treatment, The Complete Guide

46,000 words, 55 chapters, 149 footnotes, last updated Feb 12, 22.

Do you know why your shins hurt? There are four very different types of shin pain. This tutorial breaks it down for you and goes through all the treatment options and recent science. About 20 times more information about shin splints in one place than you can get anywhere else.

BUY $1995

The Complete Guide to Chronic Tension Headaches

52,000 words, 49 chapters, 205 footnotes, last updated Jun 7, 22.

A detailed guide to the weird world of “tension” headache, more common than even back pain. Few seemingly simple conditions are more puzzling when you try to figure out what they are really all about. This thorough guide is mainly about classic tension headaches, but also about troubleshooting unexplained headaches that may or may not have anything to do with “tension.”

Frozen Shoulder
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Complete Guide to Frozen Shoulder

55,000 words, 51 chapters, 199 footnotes, last updated Jun 6, 22.

One of the strangest of the common musculoskeletal conditions, frozen shoulder is the tip of a biological iceberg, with many interesting implications for diagnosis and treatment. Few problems can benefit as much from education as frozen shoulder. Although largely incurable, there are surprising sources of hope and rehab opportunity, and my reviews of the treatment options are surprisingly positive.

Paying in your own (non-USD) currency is always cheaper! My prices are set slightly lower than current exchange rates, but most cards charge extra for conversion.

Example: as a Canadian, if I pay $19.95 USD, my credit card converts it at a high rate and charges me $26.58 CAD. But if I select Canadian dollars here, I pay only $24.95 CAD.

Why so different? If you pay in United States dollars (USD), your credit card will convert the USD price to your card’s native currency, but the card companies often charge too much for conversion — it’s a way for them to make a little extra money, of course. So I offer my customers prices converted at slightly better than the current rate.

Complete the set for $79.95

The eBoxed Set is a steeply discounted, optional bundle of all ten of my books. The set is ideal for professionals, and some keen patients.?These books are about a variety of topics and are not a required in addition to anything already purchased. Very few patients need ten books about ten different topics! But a few people do appreciate the educational value — some of you share my general interest in painful topics! — and/or have friends and family they'd like to lend the books to. The set is mostly intended for pros, however. Purchased individually, they would run you $200USD, but the set is only $9995… minus the value of the one book you’ve already paid for. So you can complete your set for just $7995. Read more about the set. [new tab/window]

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Paying in your own (non-USD) currency is always cheaper! My prices are set slightly lower than current exchange rates, but most cards charge extra for conversion.

Example: as a Canadian, if I pay $19.95 USD, my credit card converts it at a high rate and charges me $26.58 CAD. But if I select Canadian dollars here, I pay only $24.95 CAD.

Why so different? If you pay in United States dollars (USD), your credit card will convert the USD price to your card’s native currency, but the card companies often charge too much for conversion — it’s a way for them to make a little extra money, of course. So I offer my customers prices converted at slightly better than the current rate.

Or just buy a total of 5 tutorials individually — once you’ve paid more than half the value of the set, you will be automatically granted access to everything.

Audio Content

In about 2012, I recorded audio versions of two of my ebooks and a few articles. I had originally intended to do audio versions of all the books, but the project proved to be more than a one-man band could handle! The two books I recorded were the ones about plantar fasciitis and IT band syndrome, and both recordings have fallen quite a ways behind the main web versions. They are still worthwhile for a while yet, I think. New versions are underway, but it’s a slow process, and they aren’t ready yet.

A couple technical notes about the audio: the audio files are in the M4B format, a variant of MP4 designed for books, and they will play on any device.moreM4B file is an audio file type designed specifically for audio books (b-for-book), which works in any device (the M4B format is just a minor variant of an MPEG-4 file). Its main advantage over MP3/4 is bookmarking, which allows you to stop listening to an audio book, close your media player or turn off your portable music player, and then later resume listening from the exact point where you left off. This has become the new standard for spoken word in digital audio. It is compatible with nearly any current audio playing software: iTunes, Windows Media Player, VLC, Winamp, and many more. A couple of minor issues might arise getting these files going on Windows, but they will work. And warning: iThings weirdly can’t directly download audio to Apple’s Music app.more

Playing PainSci audiobooks on iPad and iPhone — not Apple’s finest work

Media file download is not as straightforward on iPhones and iPads as it should be, and it never has been. You should be able to just tap the link and the audio downloads and opens in your Music app but that does not “just work.” As of 2020, the only way to achieve that logical goal is to download the file on a Mac or PC, add it to your iTunes or Books libraries, and then it can be synced to your devices (see Apple’s support page all about syncing). This is pretty gross, and a deal-breaker for a lot of users.

Since iOS 13, there is a much easier way, but it’s a little weird: you can also just listen to the file directly in the Files app, where it appears download. Basically, you just tap the download link, switch to the Files app where the file will appear, and then play it right there. Awkward and unclear, but functional and easy once your know. Here are the details...

Step 1: Tap the download link!

Step 2: Reveal the download.

Step 3: Tap the downloaded file in the download list.

Step 4: Tap the “plantar-fasciitis” file displayed in the Files app.

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Q. How do I read books offline?

A. My books are basically big webpages, but you can read them offline with a read-it-later service like “Safari Reading List” (available on all of Apple’s devices), a platform-independent one like Instapaper (etc.), or just DIY with webarchive files.

Q. What format are e-books in? It doesn’t seem to be PDF or regular e-book …

A. No, it’s not a “traditional” PDF or a regular e-book that you would read on, say, a Kindle or Nook. I call the tutorial an “e-book” because it certainly is an electronic book in spirit. But it’s also just a huge webpage, which has some great advantages (and some downsides). If you want to know more about why I use this format, see my rant about what’s wrong with the ebook industry, and how I’m making a better product for my customers.

Q. Is there a difference between “tutorials” and “books” or “ebooks”?

A. Nope: I use these terms interchangeably here. All the same thing!

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A. Yes! Just not with too many people — the suggested maximum is three. You can share the full-access URL (address) for a tutorial page, which is the equivalent of giving someone your username and password for this site. Over-lending will trigger a warning not to share quite so much. 😉

Q. Can I pay an upgrade price to get the full set of tutorials?

A. Yes. If you’ve already purchased one or some of them, you can pay a completion fee for the full “e-boxed set.” See the “Complete the Set” section above.