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The prevalence of lower back pain amongst veterans is increasing by about 5% per year.

Sinnott P, Wagner T. Low Back Pain in VA Users: Letter to the editor. Arch Intern Med. 2009; 169(14): 1336-40. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=224669

Reference

Title
Low Back Pain in VA Users: Letter to the editor
Publication
Arch Intern Med
Publication Date
2009
Authors
Sinnott P, Wagner T
Volume & Issue
Volume 169, Issue 14
Pages
1336-40
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Future Human Burden

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