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Perceived Benefit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Back Pain

By |May 31, 2010|News, Research|

Perceived Benefit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Back Pain

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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 [1] 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
    NSAIDs (5.22)

    . [2]

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