first month of back pain, once worrisome causes like cancer or severe, progressive neurological conditions have been ruled out. ... Worsening trends in the management and treatment of back pain. JAMA Intern Med.
In stark contrast to guidelines for managing routine back pain, doctors are increasing their use of diagnostic imaging, referrals and narcotics, while nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or acetaminophen use has declined ... clinical guidelines alone
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