Letters Spinal injury

Concerted effort is needed to tackle health burden of sciatica and back pain

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5172 (Published 20 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5172
  1. Jeremy C T Fairbank, orthopaedic spine surgeon1
  1. 1Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford OX3 7HE, UK
  1. jeremy.fairbank{at}ndorms.ox.ac.uk

Martin Davies’s account of his experience of spinal injury is all too familiar to spine surgeons, reflecting the inadequacy of current NHS spinal services.1 I am sure Mr Davies would be happier if his intervention could have been discussed much sooner than it was, however poor the outcome.

Back pain has ranked top in two cycles …

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