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Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise
Date:2/10/2009

ing spinal services, agreed that a doubling of chronic back pain over 14 years raises serious issues about current treatment approaches.

"It makes us have to think about how to approach back pain," Martin said. "Chronic care models and clinical protocols and guidelines are not really the standard in treating back pain. This kind of highlights that this might be a real need."

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more on back pain.



SOURCES: Timothy S. Carey, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and director, Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Brook Martin, M.P.H., health services researcher, Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle; Feb. 9, 2009, Archives of Internal Medicine.


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