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Figures on back procedures raise overtreatment issues
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Residents here seeking pain relief from fractured vertebrae underwent two controversial back procedures at double the statewide rate from 2005 to 2010, according to an analysis of state hospital data released earlier this month.

Just a half hour’s drive away, during the same period, Stockton residents underwent the same treatment at a frequency about half the state average, or only one fourth as often as Modestans.