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Human Studies

2019 Nov

Pain Physician



Update on Reversal and Decline of Growth of Utilization of Interventional Techniques In Managing Chronic Pain in the Medicare Population from 2000 to 2018.


Manchikanti L, Sanapati MR, Pampati V, Boswell MV, Kaye AD, Hirsch JA
Pain Physician. 2019 Nov; 22(6):521-536.
PMID: 31775397.


The cost of US health care continues to increase, with treatments related to low back and neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders accounting for the third highest amount of various disease categories. Interventional techniques for managing pain apart from conservative modalities and surgical interventions, have generally been thought to be growing rapidly. However, a recent analysis of utilization of interventional techniques from 2000 to 2016 has shown a modest decline from 2009 to 2016, compared to 2000 to 2009.