CHICAGO -- The world's foremost experts in dealing with aching backs have come up with a revolutionary new treatment.
For up to 90 percent of all backaches, the doctors concluded, the best treatment is no treatment at all.
"Take two aspirin and don't call me in the morning" was the unofficial motto of the three-day conference, which attracted 25 doctors from 13 states, Canada and Sweden to Chicago last weekend.
"We're used to immediate treatment and response in this country," said Dr. James Weinstein, a spinal surgeon from the University of Iowa who organized the conference. But "back pain has a natural course that does not require intervention."