Saturday, August 3, 2013
npr:

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain
The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.
Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don’t help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.
What does help? Some ibuprofen or other over-the-counter painkiller, and maybe some physical therapy. That’s the evidence-based protocol. With that regimen, most people’s back pain goes away within three months.
Read the rest of the story on NPR’s Shots health blog.
(Photo: iStockPhoto)

Great - I guess I have a little over two months to go…

npr:

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.

Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don’t help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.

What does help? Some ibuprofen or other over-the-counter painkiller, and maybe some physical therapy. That’s the evidence-based protocol. With that regimen, most people’s back pain goes away within three months.

Read the rest of the story on NPR’s Shots health blog.

(Photo: iStockPhoto)

Great - I guess I have a little over two months to go…

Notes

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    seeing as I’ve spent most of this year trying to deal with my low back pain and getting the total runaround on it, this...
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    Considering my… uh, build… definitely puts me at risk for lower back pain, I will attempt to keep this information in...
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