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We thank our colleagues for taking the time to share their findings and to reinforce our state-level results using national data. As noted in our article,1 data from the National Health Interview Survey were also consistent with our results. In addition to supporting our findings on chronic LBP prevalence, we believe the VA data provide further evidence to suggest that rising LBP care costs are due, at least in part, to rising prevalence.
Freburger J, Carey TS. Low Back Pain in VA Users—Reply. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(14):1336-1340. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.202