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It is not uncommon that patients seeking care for back and neck pain will report a lengthy and often frustrating process of getting relief.

Adult conditions are typically caused by degenerative conditions such as arthritis, disc disease, or misalignment, or may result from acute trauma. Many will have been referred to a spine specialist by a primary care physician (PCP). However, one of the challenges for PCPs is making a referral to the most clinically appropriate specialist. With exhausting caseloads and with the advent of hospitalists, many PCPs rarely encounter spine specialists. This disconnection can result in PCPs not being current with technology and treatment options, whether surgical or non-surgical, which can unfortunately compromise the care ultimately received by the patient. Read more from Becker’s.