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Navigating back pain treatments: Can a physiatrist help?

By: Edward N. Wei, MD, Contributor If self-care steps for back pain such as gentle activity, local heat, or massage donít ease discomfort within a few weeks to a month, or if you struggle with chronic low back pain, a physiatrist can help you navigate the dizzying number of treatment options. These range from conservative therapies (such as medicines, physical therapy, and chiropractic care) to more invasive options (such as spine injections and spinal…

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