Perceived Benefit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Back Pain
SOURCE: J Am Board of Family Medicine 2010 (May); 23 (3): 354-362
Kanodia AK, Legedza AT, Davis RB, Eisenberg DM, Phillips RS.
Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center, Boston
A new article, published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine  reports on interviews with 31,044 individuals who used CAM for low back pain. The results are quite fascinating:
- The top 6 CAM therapies for LBP, starting with the most-used approaches are: chiropractic, massage, herbal therapy, acupuncture, yoga/tai chi/qi gong, and relaxation techniques.
- Chiropractic use (76% of respondents) was larger than all the other 5 therapies combined (see Figure 1)
- Chiropractic users scored their satisfaction (and clinical benefits) the highest of all 6 approaches (see Table 2).
This reconfirms earlier findings from the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2005, which reported that:
SMT provided the greatest pain relief [7.33], scoring higher than:
nerve blocks (6.75),
Opioid analgesics (6.37),
muscle relaxants (5.78),
Acupuncture (5.29), or