Back Pain Is Often Over-Treated

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Despite abundant evidence and published guidelines calling for conservative initial treatment of most back pain through methods including physical therapy and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (“Worsening Trends in the Management and Treatment of Back Pain” – September 23, 2013) indicates that physicians often over-treat back pain, with increases in use of imaging, narcotics, and referrals to other physicians. The over-treatment leads to unnecessary expenses.

Early physical therapy has been shown to be a cost-effective treatment for low back pain.

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This information was originally published on the American Physical Therapy Association website.  Click here to view it.

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