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Study: Referral to physical therapy for low back pain reduces odds of later opioid prescription — Even when patient's don't follow up on referral

from PT in Motion

There's solid evidence that physical therapy as a first-line approach for low back pain improves outcomes, but not many studies have focused on the factors that are associated with referral to physical therapy in the first place, regardless of later participation in treatment. Now authors of a recent study believe they've found associations indicating that the very act of referral for physical therapy may point to the ways a primary care provider's approach to low back pain can affect patient perceptions and reduce odds of later opioid use, even when the patient doesn't follow through with the referral. more

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