New guidelines and better access to pain clinics are urgently needed to stem the huge rise in “unnecessary” spinal fusions intended to treat non-specific low back pain, says a leading Australian neurosurgeon and pain medicine physician. Associate Professor Leigh Atkinson, from Wesley Pain and Spine Centre in Brisbane, said both patients and surgeons often had ...
Guidelines needed to stem the flow of spinal fusions
By Amanda Sheppeard
26 Apr 2016