Increases in Lumbosacral Injections in the Medicare Population: 1994 to 2001.

Nov 16, 2011 by

Friedly J, Chan L, Deyo R.

Spine.  2007; 32: 1754-1760.

PMID: 17632396

This study examined the costs of lumbosacral steroid injections in a Medicare population sample with over 2 million beneficiaries.  Total inflation-adjusted physician fees for all lumbosacral injections increased from $24 million in 1994 to $175 million in 2001.  This paper raises serious questions about the growing use of injections.

web:  http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2007&issue=07150&article=00010&type=abstract

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