In research news:

A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within two years of the injury, and as the claims aged more than 20 percent involved at least one subsequent fusion surgery. The analysis by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute is based on data from more than 18,266 California work injury claims from accident years 2000 through 2014 in which one or more spinal fusions were performed.

Read more via Claims Journal here.

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