Back procedure rates show huge variance in state

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Controversy rages over effectiveness of back procedures

Should doctors be injecting acrylic cement to fix broken vertebrae? It depends on whom you ask.

High rate of controversial back procedures raises concern

Modesto residents seeking pain relief from fractured vertebrae underwent two controversial back procedures at double the statewide rate between 2005 and 2010, according to an analysis of state hospital data released earlier this week.

Watsonville residents top state for back treatment rate

Between 2005 and 2010, the city of Watsonville had the highest rate of vertebroplasties and kyphoplasties, similar procedures to relieve back pain from fractured vertebrae, of any community in the state.
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