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Back Pain Spending Up 65% since 1997

Posted Jul 03 2008 5:10pm

Wall Street Journal-February 13th 2008-

Spending to treat back pain in the US rose 65% in the past decade. Spine patients say they feel worse according to a huge study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. So if spending on low back surgery is going up, and spending (reimbursement) for chiropractors is going down, is it possible that we're treating this problem backwards?

Another datapoint pointing to my contention that the solution to back pain is less surgery and less drugs, but more consistent chiropractic and posture exercise.

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