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Explosive growth of facet joint interventions in the medicare population in the United States: a comparative evaluation of 1997, 2002, and 2006 data

Laxmaiah Manchikanti1*, Vidyasagar Pampati1, Vijay Singh2, Mark V Boswell3, Howard S Smith4 and Joshua A Hirsch5

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1 Pain Management Center of Paducah, 2831 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY, 42003, USA

2 Pain Diagnostics Associates, 1601 Roosevelt Road, Niagara WI 54151, USA

3 Texas Tech. University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St MS: 8182 Lubbock TX 79430, USA

4 Albany Medical College, 47 New Scotland Avenue, Albany NY 12208, USA

5 Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Blossom St., Gray 289, Boston, MA 02114, USA

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BMC Health Services Research 2010, 10:84  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-84

Published: 30 March 2010

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Summary of the frequency of utilizations of various facet joint interventions in Medicare beneficiaries based on place of service in 2002 and 2006.

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