Low Back Pain and Complementary & Alternative Medicine

June 22, 2009

by Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, BSN, HN-BC, MS-PREP student and PREP-AIRED blog moderator
The current issue of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s (NCCAM) newsletter focuses on low-back pain: research and care. Since 4 out of 5 individuals will experience low-back pain in their lives, most healthcare practitioners will be asked to treat this condition at some point. Patients, as well as healthcare practitioners are often frustrated with treatment options for low-back pain. Understanding types of complementary strategies patients may be utilizing and may not be disclosing to their physicians is helpful in exploring the full context of low-back pain.

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  • 1.    Jessica Gerber, M.Ac., Lic. Ac., MS PREP  |  October 9th, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Another article about acupuncture and low back pain…Though this one focuses on pregnant women.
    “Long-term efficacy of auricular acupuncture as a treatment for pregnancy-related low back and posterior pelvic pain is still inconclusive but clearly shows promise,” Wang and colleagues conclude. “A future large-scale randomized control study is indicated to explore the characteristics of acupuncture responders versus non-responders [and] the optimal duration of treatment to achieve the sustained therapeutic effect.”
    *** Acupuncture Helps Pregnant Women With Low Back Pain ***
    http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/content/contentDetail.jsp?id=625545
    A week of continuous auricular acupuncture can reduce pain and disability in pregnant women with low back and posterior pelvic pain, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

  • 2.    James  |  January 28th, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Lumbar pain opiate narcotics are effective but very dangerous, should be taken in moderation and prescribed by a physician, medications such as Darvocet, Darvon, hydrocodone, Lortab, Vicodin, Norco, Percocet, OxyContin, are even more commercial and very useful for people with diseases like fibromyalgia, chronic pain, Parkinson’s, arthritis, arthrosis, should be restricted and controlled, as in findrxonline said the FDA does not allow them the freedom to market.

  • 3.    Dr. Elaine Ferguson  |  February 21st, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Thank you for this post. I just ran across a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010, 11:26doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-26 regarding the naprapathic treatment of back and neck pain.

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