Medical versus surgical treatment for low back pain: evidence and clinical practice.

@article{Birkmeyer1999MedicalVS,
  title={Medical versus surgical treatment for low back pain: evidence and clinical practice.},
  author={Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer and James N. DO Weinstein},
  journal={Effective clinical practice : ECP},
  year={1999},
  volume={2 5},
  pages={218-27}
}
CONTEXT Although low back pain is one of the most common health problems, it is still difficult to choose between surgical and medical treatment. OBJECTIVE To examine the evidence of the efficacy of surgical and medical treatment of the two most common indications for spinal surgery for low back pain--lumbar disc herniation and spinal stenosis--and to assess geographic variation in the use of surgery for these conditions in the United States. METHODS The MEDLINE database (1966-1999) was… CONTINUE READING

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