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BrainWaves: A Neurology Podcast

Jul 19, 2018

Some have estimated the annual cost of chronic back or neck pain in the US to exceed $200 billion per year. And the economic burden is almost as unbearable as the pain faced by patients. This week on the program, we discuss the clinical and radiographic aspects of structural spine disease--or spondylosis--and expert recommendations on how to manage it.

Produced by James E. Siegler. Music by Steve Combs and Scott Holmes. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision making, especially not for back surgery.


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