Time is the Best Treatment for Back Pain

According to one recent estimate, Americans are spending $86 billion a year trying to cure back pain. But the reality is that time often is the best antidote.

Up to 90 percent of people who experience back pain will heal on their own within weeks. In fact, for most cases, doctors shouldn’t even perform an X-ray or MRI. But a study has found that nearly one in three Medicare patients with back pain get some kind of back scan early on.

USA Today reports:

“Those scans can be misleading. By middle age, most people who don't even have pain nonetheless have degeneration of their disks, those doughnut-looking shock absorbers between vertebrae. So in someone who does have pain, pinpointing that a particular black spot or bulge on a scan is the true cause is tricky.”

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