Dr. Cho of the Mt Sinai Medical Center in New York looked at over 16,500 medical studies on low back pain. He was trying to determine which ones are cited most often. From the original group, Dr. Cho found 322 papers that had been cited at least 100 times. From this, Dr. Cho tried to divine what are the important trends in medical research on low back pain. The most commonly-cited study (more than 1,000 times) was from 1990. This paper showed that many people have abnormalities that show up on MRI's, but cause no symptoms. Interestingly, the second most cited paper was on the same topic. The third study other researchers cited most was an analytic review of the affect of back pain on patients' lifestyles. The top two most popular papers suggest that MRI's may not be the best diagnostic tool. This could suggest that medical research into lower back pain is focusing on less intervention instead of more. That seems to be inline with the current evolution in thinking about medicine. It should also give pause to anyone who gets an MRI report showing some sort of abnormality. Perhaps more caution is needed before pursuing invasive procedures.
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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.