low back pain

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DECISION SUMMARY:

A. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain under section 1862(a)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act. Up to 12 visits in 90 days are covered for Medicare beneficiaries under the following circumstances:

  • For the purpose of...

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Newswise — Many Medicare patients with new episodes of low back pain receive care inconsistent with current guidelines – including high use of opioids and advanced imaging tests, reports a study in the February issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters...

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Newswise — In experiments with genetically engineered and old mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have added to evidence that the vast majority of low back pain in people may be rooted in an overgrowth of pain-sensing nerves into spinal cartilaginous tissue.

An estimated 80% of people...

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Newswise — Spine surgeons in the U.S. perform more than 400,000 spinal fusions each year as a way to ease back pain and prevent vertebrae in the spine from wiggling around and doing more damage. However, reports estimate that on average some 30% of these surgeries fail to weld these vertebrae into a...

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Chronic low back pain is consistently among the top 5 most common reasons for primary care visits, and for many presentations there is no clear association between the patient’s pain and identifiable pathology of the spine or associated tissues. Dr. Goodin discusses the patient experience with this...

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A new study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists reports that an intervention using virtual reality (VR) may encourage patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) to overcome their fear of becoming physically active. This psychological barrier to...

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