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Oh, my aching wallet: MRI instead of physical therapy for low back pain leads to $4,793 higher pricec/o The Washington Post Your back hurts (join the club) and you go to see your primary care physician. Most of the time, your doctor will tell you to rest, maybe take some ibuprofen or ice the affected area. But when researchers looked at 841 people who needed additional care, they found that the ones sent first for MRIs were more likely to have surgery or injections, see a specialist or visit...
Posted on 2015-04-24
Early imaging for back pain in older adults not associated with better outcomes Older adults who had spine imaging within six weeks of a new primary care visit for back pain had similar pain and disability during the next year as similar patients who did not undergo early imaging, according to a new study. Findings appear in an article published in the March 17 issue of JAMA. When to image older adults with back pain remains controversial, the authors wrote in the article background. Many gui...
Posted on 2015-04-22
Senate Approves SGR Repeal, Keeps Therapy Cap and Exceptions Process The US Senate voted Tuesday to approve a bill that repeals the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) and moves toward payment systems based on quality, but, despite a concerted, historic grassroots advocacy effort, does not end the Medicare outpatient therapy cap. The therapy cap repeal amendment was defeated by a 58-42 vote, coming up just short of the 60 votes needed for passage. Instead of a full repeal, the therapy cap exc...
Posted on 2015-04-15
Paradigm Shifts: Use of Ice & NSAIDs Post Acute Soft Tissue Injuries (Part 1 of 2)When my children bumped their head I used to reflexively put ice on their bumps for 2-3 minutes just to numb the pain a little and to make myself feel like I was being a useful and caring parent. For many years when I encountered an acute ankle sprain on the field, I would again instinctively and immediately place an ice pack on the sprained ankle for 20 minutes to numb the pain and improve recovery by minimizi...
Posted on 2015-04-13
Physical Therapy's Effects Equal to Surgery for Spinal Stenosis Symptoms Physical therapy for spinal stenosis is as effective as surgery and should be fully considered as a first-choice treatment option, according to a new study that is the first to directly compare a single, evidence-based physical therapy regimen with decompression surgery among patients who agreed to be randomly assigned to either approach. The study focused on self-reported physical function among 169 participants diagnose...
Posted on 2015-04-08
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