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Three articles on PainSci cite Mannion 2016: 1. The Complete Guide to Low Back Pain2. Complete Guide to Plantar Fasciitis

PainSci commentary on Mannion 2016: ?This page is one of thousands in the bibliography. It is not a general article: it is focused on a single scientific paper, and it may provide only just enough context for the summary to make sense. Links to other papers and more general information are provided wherever possible.

Excellent and important commentary on Hedlund et al. For full details, see Long term results of spinal fusion: good news and bad?.

mportant long-term experiment compared spinal fusion to physiotherapy over more than a decade seemed to produce a contradictory result that “prevents a strong conclusion.” But the waffling wasn’t necessary. The good-news-bad-news conclusion was a bit of an illusion. The authors cherry-picked the best possible sounding news from their own data, creating the appearance of uncertainty about spinal fusion where in fact there was none.

~ Paul Ingraham

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