Well, you'd think there ought to be organizations for low back pain, but I don't know of any really that I can think of off the top of my head. And part of one of the problems is, is that it's not a one disease. And you could argue that, for instance, diabetes is not one disease or MS is not one disease, but it's more of a one diagnosis with different presentations. Low back paint isn't like that. People aren't rallying in the streets in terms of, ooh, let's get the local chapter of low back pain, 231 together and see what we can get accomplished. So there aren't, unfortunately, and I might argue that it's just the opposite. There are lots of websites that we'll talk about it and lots of things that may not prove very helpful for patients, that those places instead have a rod and reel to wheel in a patient for a treatment or a surgery or something that may not be at all helpful for that particular patient.

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Kurt Schroeder, MD


  • Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Former Chief of Surgery at Tucson Medical Center

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