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The PainScience eBookstore

Book-length online tutorials about common stubborn pain problems & injuries, like back pain, runner’s knee, and muscle pain

57,600 books sold since 2007. ?This is a tough number for anyone to audit, because my customer database is completely private and highly secure. But if a regulatory agency ever said “show us your math,” I certainly could. This count is automatically updated once every day or two, and rounded down to the nearest 100. It includes all individual and bundled books for sale on since 2007, and excludes a trickle of earlier sales, donations, and gifts. See also customer help, login, about, security/privacy.
BUY $1995
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31,000 words
Frozen Shoulder Guide • 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.
BUY $1995
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160,000 words
Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome • 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. (Includes a chapter by Dr. Tim Taylor about medical factors in chronic muscle pain.)
BUY $1995
web e-book
+ audiobook
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69,000 words
IT Band Syndrome • 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. Audiobook version included, read by the author.
BUY $1995
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130,000 words
Low Back Pain • 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.
BUY $1995
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90,000 words
Neck Pain • 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.
BUY $1995
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83,000 words
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome • 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.
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+ audiobook
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55,000 words
Plantar Fasciitis • 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. Audiobook version included, read by the author.
BUY $1995
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29,000 words
Shin Splints • 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
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23,000 words
Muscle Strain • 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.

This isn’t one of those fancy ecommerce sites with a “shopping cart.” You can only order one book at a time… or all of them …

BUY $8995
e-book format
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670,000 words
The “Boxed” Set of Tutorials • Discounted bundle of all 9 tutorials, ideal for professionals and keen patients. Free future editions forever. Includes several bonus audio downloads. See the boxed set information page.

Stubborn painful problems are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated. These book-length tutorials are crammed with tips, tricks, and insights. Although written as self-help guides for patients, they are also built for pros, with lots of footnotes and extra detail for readers who want to dig deeper. No miracle cures are for sale here — just sensible information, scientifically current, backed up by a huge bibliography and hundreds more free articles. is a small Canadian publisher, selling books this way for about 12 years now (~57,600 books sold). Tutorials are $20 USD each (or $90 for all) and can be purchased and accessed in two minutes. No “account” or password is needed. Each book has a large, free introduction so you can get a good feel for it before you buy. Uncomfortable with buying things online? You’re welcome to give me a ring to confirm that I’m “real.” I am. 😃

Head shot of author Paul Ingraham, handsome devil, tidy dark hair, thick eyebrows, and a short goatee, in a black suit jacket and a nice blue shirt.

Paul Ingraham Publisher
Vancouver CANADA


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Need books for your students or clients? Get a volume discount when you buy five or more books at a time. See the bulk purchase program.

Web e-books are better. Read them on any device. Lend them out. New editions free forever.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What do I get, exactly? A. Payment unlocks all chapters of your book(s). Each book is basically a huge webpage, and payment gives you access to the entire thing. Access is permanent and includes several updates per year. An audiobook version is also included for two topics (plantar fasciitis and IT band syndrome).

Q. Are there print versions? A. Electronic only, sorry. You can print the books yourself, but the larger ones would be a strain on a home printer.

Q. Can I read offline, like at the beach? A. Yes. Like any webpage, the books can be saved for offline reading easily.

Q. Who sells this? A. is a small business in Vancouver, Canada, run by me, Paul Ingraham, sole author and publisher since 2007.

Q. Do the books offer “cures”? A. No. I sell education about tricky conditions, not false hope. There’s nothing “too good to be true” on

Q. Satisfaction guaranteed, right? A. Of course—and no time limit.

Q. Can I read it on my iPad, Kindle, etc? A. Yes. Any Internet-enabled gadget works fine. (The e-Ink Kindles are not a good choice.)

Q. Can I buy this anywhere else? Amazon? A. Not yet. Maybe someday.

Q. Can I lend it? A. Yes, with a 3-person limit.

Q. Can I give it to my clients? A. I have a generous lending policy, but not that generous. 😉 Please recommend buying it, or consider my bulk purchase program.

Q. Why do you want my address? A. To prevent fraud (strongly recommended by my payment processor). Your contact information will never be abused.

Q. Are you going to send me e-mail? A. Only a receipt!

Q. Why should I trust you with my credit card? A. I will never see it: it goes straight from your screen to Stripe, a payment processing service with a great reputation for Doing Things Right. They handle all the high-tech security.

Praise for books

Thanks for a well written, humorous and informative piece. Your book helped me understand what I did to my knee running and how to treat (and not treat!) stubborn injury. Might see you jogging through Stanley Park or water front, on one of our visits to daughter, love Vancouver. ~ Matt Randlett

Great book on plantar fasciitis! It really opened up my understanding of the issue. I had it for 8 months. The toe stretch exercise really helped, but doing behind-the-knee deadlifts is what really cleared it up. Amazing how my feet feel now, but your book is what opened up my eyes to try different approach. Thanks again for your help! ~ Jerome Rodrigues

Your online guide is an amazing collection of data and reference. I’m very hopeful and wanted to share my story with you. Thanks again! ~ Dominique Phan

Thank you for such helpful, intelligent information on neck issues. I am so thankful that I read your information and no more. You answered every lingering question and are persuasive in counselling calm and patience. ~ Virginia Avila, Retired Teacher & Attorney

Just to say thank you immensely for the best, most sensible and credible information on back pain. So glad you came up in my google search. Credible, reassuring and humorous too. ~ Suzanne Henderson

9 reasons tutorials are awesome (and worth a few bucks)

There is a lot of free health information online. Why would you buy any? What makes these tutorials worth paying for? Other than the fact that most free health information on the internet is crappy …

  1. Free future editions. Books about health science are almost obsolete by the time they hit the shelves. I constantly revise, update, and expand tutorials as the science evolves. And you can read the updates, for free, forever.
  2. A sense of humour. isn’t a comedy website, but I do make a genuine attempt to make dry material about pain at least a little bit fun. There's whimsy and sass.
  1. A way with words that makes more interesting, useful and fun. I was a professional writer long before I was a massage therapist.
  2. Heavily researched … and beautifully footnoted. I spent a bunch of money and worked for years to create “good footnotes” for It’s absurdly idealistic.
  3. Respect for science and reason. Amen! I have a zero tolerance policy for bullshit. Logical fallacies are banned from I am debunking myths instead of perpetuating them or selling pet theories, big promises, and miracle cures.
  4. Easy on the eyes. Elegantly simple design. is “a clean, well-lighted place.” I can’t knowingly publish a sloppy document any more than I could cut off my own hand — it’s just not in me.
  5. They will save you money. For a few dollars, my tutorials often save readers hundreds or thousands of dollars in unnecessary or inefficient therapy expenses.
  6. Satisfaction guaranteed, of course, and good customer service in general. If you aren’t happy with your purchase, all you have to do is write to me and we take care of it. One of my biggest pet peeves in life is crappy customer service.
  7. No shipping. Digital publishing means you can buy and read these documents now — no trip to the bookstore, and no trees have to die. (Funny how this bullet point seemed more amazing a few years ago, but hey … still great.)

Interested in ebooks and publishing? You might enjoy this rant: Better eBooks! What’s wrong with the ebook industry (and how I’m making something better for my customers)

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