‘An Arm And A Leg’: Watch Your Back — And Your Wallet

Dan Weissmann

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In 2008, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin was an investigative journalist whose again was killing her.

She was contemplating surgical procedure however, after studying extra about her choices and the failure price of surgical procedure, as an alternative spent six years researching what she now calls the “back pain industry.”

She discovered that essentially the most generally prescribed therapies, together with surgical procedure, steadily don’t work — and sometimes go away folks so much worse off.

“As the story evolved the journalist in me relished each appalling revelation,” she wrote within the introduction to her 2017 guide, “Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery.” “As a patient, however, I felt as if I’d barely avoided stepping off the curb in front of a bus.”

One doctor Ramin interviewed informed her that the remedy of again ache is “just a microcosm of what’s happened in all of medicine. As a rule of thumb,” he informed her, “if you pay practitioners to do more stuff, they will do more stuff.”

She additionally realized what does work: relentless, focused, useful train below the steerage of consultants — whose work is commonly not reimbursed by insurance coverage.

Episode Eight highlights Ramin’s findings, from the revelations in regards to the gentle science behind many widespread therapies to the arduous work required for actual restoration.

Season three is a co-production of Kaiser Health News and Public Road Productions.

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