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According to national surveys, Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) are the leading source for spine referrals, followed by word-of-mouth referrals and advertising, respectively.

The reasons can be manifold, but most often the PCP does not have the time to make a formal diagnosis based on pain or other patient complaints, and can only triage for symptoms and ensure that pathologies are identified if present before referring to a specialist. Read more from Spine-health.