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Ineffective treatment often prescribed for lower back pain, study says
Judith Turner with UW Medicine one of the authors in The Lancet series
More than 540 million people globally suffer from back pain at any point in their lives, but treating this debilitating condition can be done without surgery or pain medication.
Judith Turner, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine in the UW School of Medicine, is one of the co-authors of a series of three article in The Lancet on low back pain. The authors say that too many patients are being treated with surgery and pain medication as a first-line treatment rather then more proven treatments, such as excercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, remaining active.