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Back Pain Hotline

I’m not sure this was designed to be just a back pain hotline, but Intermountain Healthcare ran a unique outreach program and put consumers in touch with Physical Therapists via hotline. Anyone with questions could call in and speak to an expert. Very…


Another Reason to Wait on That MRI

So, we already know that MRI’s are routinely over-prescribed, especially in the case of low back pain. Last year, 1 in 10 people in the U.S. recieved an MRI scan of something. That’s a bunch! However, we might not be aware that the rate of injuries and incidents involving MRI scans are skyrocketing, beyond that which would be accounted for by increases in volume. In 2005, the New York Times reported on an increase in accidents. Since that time, the injury rate is up almost 175%! The stats are hidden away in this database. This website contains a collection of…


Trade your back pain for one in the neck!

This week the Radiological Society of America released a snippet from their recent annual conference concerning the “best biomechanical sitting posture .” Media outlets quickly spread the word to all of us that according to, Waseem Amir Bashir, MBChB, clinical fellow in the department of radiology and diagnostic imaging at the University of Alberta Hospital, Canada, the best anatomical sitting posture is a reclined position of about 135 degrees. I am both totally in agreement and totally abhorred. This is a classic example of what pines me when the media covers scientific exploits. In this study, the researchers used a…