December 1999 AAOS Report

New back study underway at 11 medical centers

A five-year, $13.5 million study of 1,450 patients at 11 medical centers will evaluate surgical vs. nonsurgical treatment of back pain. The project, funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, will compare the two treatments for patients who have herniated lumbar disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative spondylolisthesis. The study is being performed under the direction of James N. Weinstein, DO, professor, department of community and family medicine, Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, professor of surgery, Dartmouth Medical School.

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