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California lawmakers tussled over payments for spinal implants
Sacramento Bee

Lifting boxes. Pushing machinery. Falls from ladders and scaffolding.

Each year, thousands of Californians hurt themselves on the job and end up with back surgery – small but expensive piece of the state’s workers’ compensation system.

The vast majority of California workers with injured backbones wind up with spinal implants – some 71 percent of them in 2010, research shows.