Lower back pain being treated badly on a global scale, study says

Vast numbers of people with lower back pain across the world are being harmed, not helped, by the surgery, injections and dangerous opioid drugs they are given, according to a major new report. More than 540 million people suffer low back pain, the commonest cause of disability in the world. But their condition is often being made worse by costly high-tech interventions and bed rest in what could amount to medical negligence on a global scale. What these people really need to get better is exercise and the earliest possible return to work and their normal life, experts say. In...

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