Benefit of CAM on back pain revealed in new survey

Monday 7th June, 2010

The majority of people who used common Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies for back pain perceived “a great deal” of benefit, according to a recent analysis of a US survey.

The review of the 2002 National Health Interview Survey discovered that approximately 6 per cent of US adults used CAM to treat back pain in the previous year.

The common CAM therapies used to treat back pain that gave a perceived benefit were:

Chiropractic (66%)
Massage (56%)
Yoga (56%)
Acupuncture (42%)
Herbal Medicine (32%)

Factors associated with the benefit of CAM on health were reported as having “an improved self-reported health status” and of use when “conventional medical treatment would not help”.

Half of respondents reported that using CAM in combination with conventional medicine would help their back pain however only a quarter were given a referral for CAM from their healthcare provider.

Back pain is the most common medical condition for which people seek complementary and alternative medicine treatment.



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