Ballot : Docs Are Prescribing Again Pain Remedies That May Do Extra Damage Than Appropriate : Photographs

“The simplest thing to do is to take a medicine for pain,” Atlas says.
That’s not a surprise; low back pain is very common, and one of the biggest reasons that people seek medical care.
It will take time to change the perceptions of patients and doctors that the go-to treatment for low back pain is pills, Atlas says.
And doctors often aren’t giving people advice based on the best medical evidence, instead prescribing treatments that don’t relieve back pain and can expose people to serious risk, including addiction.
Survey participants said doctors also recommended injections 20 percent of the time and surgery 12 percent of the time.

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