Chronic Pain — 19 October 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

Five common tests and treatments for back pain may be unnecessary, ineffective or increase the risk of complications, according to new recommendations from the North American Spine Society (NASS), a group that represents more than 8,000 physicians who specialize in spinal care.

“Because back pain is so prevalent and debilitating, desperate patients flock to their spine specialists’ offices armed with advice and anecdotes from well-meaning family, friends and online sources,” said F. Todd Wetzel, MD, a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

“We hope this list of recommendations will help spine care providers and their patients cut through the noise and make informed care decisions together.”

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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