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Primary Care Best Bet for Back Pain Treatment

04/08/18

  09:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Preventive care, Primary care

Primary Care Best Bet for Back Pain Treatment

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We frequently note the critical role primary care physicians (PCPs) play in preventing and detecting chronic conditions As the name infers, a PCP also serves as the "go to" source for treating many common ailments, including one of the most pervasive in today's deskbound society: low back pain.

In a new series of papers published in The Lancet, researchers concluded that low back pain should be managed by a PCP, who can provide the patient with guidance and encouragement to stay active and working. Instead, many people seek emergency care, take time off from work, receive unnecessary surgery, or are prescribed opioids or other painkillers.

"The majority of cases of low back pain respond to simple physical and psychological therapies that keep people active and enable them to stay at work," said series co-author Rachelle Buchbinder, professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at Monash University. "Often, however, it is more aggressive treatments of dubious benefit that are promoted and reimbursed."

Approximately 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time, spending an average of $50 billion a year on treatment. Various estimates have placed the annual cost of the condition to U.S. businesses at $300 billion or more, considering lost productivity and missed workdays.

A successful doctor-patient relationship begins with preventive care, but also allows for better management of back pain and other everyday patient ailments… and helps to keep medical and absenteeism costs in check as well. Learn more about the advantages of “family doctor first” by contacting MedBen Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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