Back Pain

Much of the country is digging out from a massive winter storm and news stories about protecting your back while shoveling are everywhere. This story from Boston.com talks about why MRIs are often unnecessary in the assessment of back pain.

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2 responses to “Back Pain

  1. I can’t fathom why people go to their doctor requesting tests; I never want to see another one.

    The charge for my lower spine MRI was $5477.69 plus an extra $368 for the radiologist. Insurance knocked $1973.12 off the price, but it was still an extremely expensive way to confirm spinal involvement. Now a neck CT has been ordered, and I’m seriously considering cancelling the appointment. Enough is enough.

    • You bring up some good points. I think one issue is that most people probably don’t understand what an MRI (or an xray, for that matter) can and can’t show. Also, since no one ever really knows what tests cost it’s normal to think, “just do the test.” It’s sort of illustrative of why our healthcare system is such a mess, but it’s too early in the morning to think about that right now!

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