This is starting to look like a trend. Once more we have research that shows that less medical intervention is often the best approach. The Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, just published a study comparing the benefits of physical therapy with simply waiting for healing to occur. 200 patients with low back pain participated in the study. 100 of the patients got PT. 100 did not. After three months, the group that got PT was modestly better than the other group. At the one-year mark there was no difference at all between how well the two sets of patients had recovered. This study looked at chronic back pain, not sudden-onset pain. This latter symptom could indicate a serious pathology, such as infection. Notably, less than 1% of people with back pain fall into this category. For those people with ordinary back pain, it looks like the best approach is to simply wait to heal. The more we learn, the more it looks like Mother Nature and Father Time are the best healers out there. And you don't even need insurance.
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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.