Local, national, and service component cost variations in the management of low back pain: Considerations for the clinician

Ashwin N. Babu*, Zachary McCormick, David J. Kennedy, Joel Press

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In the past two decades, the cost associated with managing low back pain has increased significantly. Improved consciousness of how clinicians utilize resources when managing low back pain is necessary in the current economic climate. The goal of this review is to examine the component costs associated with managing low back pain and provide practical solutions for reducing healthcare costs. This is accomplished by utilizing examples from a major metropolitan area with several major academic institutions and private health care centers. It is clear that there is considerable local and national variation in the component costs of managing low back pain, including physician visits, imaging studies, medications, and therapy services. By being well informed about these variations in one's environment, clinicians and patients alike can make strides towards reducing the financial impact of low back pain. Investigation of the cost discrepancies for services within one's community of practice is important. Improved public access to both cost and outcomes data is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-692
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Health expenditure
  • delivery of health care
  • low back pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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