Care for back pain out of sync with medical guidelines

Use of imaging, narcotic painkillers and referrals to other physicians has skyrocketed in treatment of patients with acute back pain, despite clinical practice guidelines urging doctors to take a conservative approach to such cases. This trend in back-pain care is getting worse with time, said a study of nearly 24,000 spine-related visits between 1999 and 2010.

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