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Over 65 With Back Pain? Skip the X-Rays For Now Says New Study

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Researchers at the University of Washington, in Seattle, are out with a new study regarding when to send older patients for x-rays and other scans. Traditionally, doctors were more likely to have their elderly patients undergo radiographic testing sooner than their younger patients. The thinking was that the elderly have more possible causes for the onset of back pain. Among these is cancer. Doctors were thus hesitant to wait to see if those patients over 65 saw their back pain resolve without intervention.  But the new study shows there is no reason not to wait. The outcomes for both the young and the old is the same at the 12-month mark.  This is another in a recent line of studies showing that less, and not more, medical intervention is often the best approach.  It remains to be seen if doctors accept this new approach.  An elderly patient with a sudden onset of back pain may not be willing to wait six weeks to see what happens.  This change in approach could take a very long time to become best practices.

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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