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BrainWaves #116 Pain in the neck

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: July 19, 2018

Some have estimated the annual cost of chronic back or neck pain in the US to exceed $200 billion per year. And the economic burden is almost as unbearable as the pain faced by patients. This week on the program, we discuss the clinical and radiographic aspects of structural spine disease--or spondylosis--and expert recommendations on how to manage it.

Produced by James E Siegler. Music by Steve Combs and Scott Holmes. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making, especially not for back surgery.


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