Full Title: IDD Therapy in Back Pain Treatment: A Clinical Trial Comparing Key Diseases of Low Back Pain
Author: Shealy, MD,PhD
Affiliation: Duke University-Harvard Fellow
Presentation to: Southern Medical Association
Introduction: Low back pain impacts more than 65 million Americans per year and ranks second only to headaches as the most frequent cause of pain. The most common site for back pain is the lower lumbar area because it bears the most weight and stress. Even though back pain is rarely life threatening, the annual cost in terms of lost productivity, medical expenses and workers’ compensation benefits runs into the tens of billions of dollars annually in the United States.