What does the patient with low back pain want from their physician?
By Dr. David I. Graber
According to the latest study in The Spine Journal, physicians and patients differed on what they considered was most important from their consultations. While both highly valued improvements in pain and function, patients highly valued an explanation about the cause of their low back pain almost as much. Physicians placed more importance on “doing something” in the form of ordering tests, reviewing test results, giving medication, and considering surgery. However, patients rated these as the least important reason they were seeking care.