Weekly News Scan: The problem with MRIs for low back pain, Making healthcare tech your friend (not your foe)

This week in the news, we look at two articles; the first, an in-depth dive into high tech imaging and why it’s often unnecessary for patients with low back pain, and second, a thoughtful way to approach healthcare tech so it works for you instead of against you.

We hope you enjoy!

The problem with MRIs for low back pain, Undark, August 26, 2019

Studies have suggested for years that routine imaging for low back pain is a waste of time and money – not to mention it can harm the patient. Unfortunately, according to new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, MRI and other high-tech scans for LBP increased by 50 percent between 1995 and 2015. So why does it persist? Though there are many reasons, the medical industry being slow to change is a main cause along with the high occurrence of LBP in the U.S. Luckily, “ninety percent of patients with low back pain will respond to things like medication and goal-directed physical therapy, and they do not need imaging at all,” says F. Todd Wetzel, the chief of orthopedics at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York. Learn more about the state of high-tech imaging and what PT can do to help in this article.

How to ensure your healthcare tech is a help, not a headache, FierceHealthcare, August 26, 2019

True or false, technology is your savior. If you said false, it might be time to rethink your approach to technology and its role in your practice. While invaluably helpful, the approach you take to technology is arguably as important as the tech itself. Don’t miss this article to learn four ways you can make tech your friend – instead of your foe.

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Taylor Goldsmith

Content Marketing Program Manager

Taylor Goldsmith is the Content Marketing Program Manager at Clinicient where she manages the blog, social media strategy, supports lead generation activities and more. She provides insightful direction to a variety of other daily Clinicient activities and brings to her team knowledge of core and emerging marketing strategies. Taylor earned a Public Relations degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore the Portland food scene, and cheer on the Oregon Ducks.

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