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Prescribing patience for low back pain
July 10, 2019

“Nationally, low back pain is the second most common reason for a sick visit in adult primary care, behind viral respiratory illnesses, at 13 million office visits a year.”

Dr. Jayson Carr
Primary care provider
Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care

Low back pain cases are on the rise. You play an important role in diagnosing, treating and educating our members with low back pain. This includes reassuring them that the pain can go away in two-three weeks and that an X-ray or MRI usually is not required.

Most patients are quick to ask for an image, but unnecessary imaging means needless exposure to radiation. And, the member will likely face out-of-pocket costs for imaging.

We interviewed local physician experts on low back pain. Here’s the advice they give for helping patients manage their pain:  Back to basics: What to do to soothe an aching back.

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