A national organization is calling for a new way to treat back pain, and a local provider is already following the guidelines.
The American College of Physicians says doctors should push patients to make lifestyle changes, instead of prescribing drugs, including opioids.
Dr. Brenton Meier is with ThedaCare's Appleton hospital. He says there's overwhelming evidence that increased activity, and other treatments like physical therapy and massage, have long-term benefits.
Meier says ThedaCare implemented the changes about 18 months ago.