Aching backs get support from FDA, but not payors

By Dennis P. McGowan, MSc, MD, and Vijay K. Goel, PhD

Two lumbar disk replacement systems have been approved by the FDA, but payors are backing a noncoverage decision from CMS

Low back pain affects as many as 80 percent of all people at some time in their lives; during any single month, approximately 40 percent of Ameri-cans complain of low back pain. As a result, back pain is one of the primary reasons that patients see orthopaedists.

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