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Orthop Clin North Am. 2004 Jan;35(1):1-5.

Low back pain: an economic assessment in the United States.

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  • 1Spinal Surgical Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York, NY 10021, USA.


Although it is clear that LBP imposes a grave economic cost on society, the lack of consensus on causes and appropriate treatments makes it difficult to develop explicit guidelines and best practices. To gain a greater understanding of the economic impact of the condition and to reduce the unnecessary procedures that patients undergo, a series of cost-effectiveness analyses on established treatment options and on proposed integrated programs of prevention, treatment, and counseling, would be not only informative but integral to the progress of LBP disease management.

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