Patients with a history of opioid use disorder (OUD) are less likely to initiate physical therapy following a visit with their healthcare provider for new low back pain, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Although studies have shown that people with an OUD are less likely to receive outpatient care, recommended healthcare screenings, and preventive care compared with people without OUD, the extent to which patients with a history of OUD initiate physical therapy for low back pain after seeing a healthcare provider has not yet been determined.

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