Stagnant Physical Therapy Referral Rates Alongside Rising Opioid Prescription Rates in Patients With Low Back Pain in the United States 1997-2010.

@article{Zheng2017StagnantPT,
  title={Stagnant Physical Therapy Referral Rates Alongside Rising Opioid Prescription Rates in Patients With Low Back Pain in the United States 1997-2010.},
  author={Patricia Z Zheng and Ming-Chih Kao and Nicholas V. Karayannis and Mathew Smuck},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2017},
  volume={42 9},
  pages={
          670-674
        }
}
STUDY DESIGN A cross-sectional observational study utilizing the National Ambulatory and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys between 1997 and 2010. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to characterize national physical therapy (PT) referral trends during primary care provider (PCP) visits in the United States. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Despite guidelines recommending PT for the initial management of low back pain (LBP), national PT referral rates remain low. METHODS Race… CONTINUE READING

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