Low back pain (LBP) does not always require costly investigations. It is not only LBP, several diseases do not need all the costly investigations, those are in the armour of the physicians.
The practice of ordering costly imaging should be linked to cost-benefit ratio. After all it is the national resource. Money spend even by an individual unnecessarily is a national loss.
But, doctors are from the same society where corruption is deep rooted; specially so in India. Some of them go unethical sometimes.
That is not good for the society.
The guidelines should be strictly imposed not only in case of LBP, but also in every other disease.
‘Selective’ Imaging Recommended for Low Back Pain
Factors that call for imaging studies include the following:
- Skip the MRI for Low Back Pain? (webmd.com)