Study: Docs overprescribe, image excessively for back pain

07/29/2013 | Reuters · HealthDay News

Many physicians don't follow guidelines when treating back pain, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers looked at data from almost 24,000 medical visits in the U.S. from 1999 to 2010 and found that the proportion of back pain patients given potentially addictive narcotics and screened with CT or MRI increased during the period.

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