Another patient same day-obese, injured lifting at work, maintained with just narcotics and "rest" for 15 months-exam normal, MRIs normal-only seeing a chiropractor who she swears does wonders...but not miracle enough to return to gainful employment and stop drawing workman's compensation.
|Sojourner Truth suffered from serious back pain|
I don't mean to pick on these two women, rather to use them to illustrate how our system is broken-
- Too many physicians find it easier to just give narcotics than deal with the challenge of a more comprehensive approach
- With increasing time constraints, it is simpler to complete paperwork (even if annoying) than to confront the patient
- Maintaining the status quo is less trouble than challenging the patient to lose weight, start exercising, and retrain.
I would never want to penalize an employee truly injured at
work but within the realm of low back injury, the "state of the state" needs significant improvement.
|How far have our treatments come?|