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Combined care approach yields most positive back pain outcomes

Combined care approach yields most positive back pain outcomes
25th April 2012

As many people get older they will increasingly come to experience back pain, which is uncomfortable and, in some instances, debilitating.

Finding a treatment that works can often be difficult and most will undergo some form of therapy, in addition to taking medication.

Unfortunately, the outcomes of such treatments are varied and there is much disagreement among medical professionals as to which approach is the most affective.

However, a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Group Health Research Institute and Brown University believe they have the answer.

According to their recent study, a combination of complementary and alternative medical therapy, administered in conjunction with conventional medical care, could be the key to improving treatment for those with lower back pain.

This will often involve individualised and tailored care, from a multitude of disciplines and access to licensed complementary care practitioners, such as chiropractors and acupuncturists.

The discovery was made when comparing conventional therapy against alternative procedures, and it was found that those patients that enjoyed a combination of the two approaches reported lower levels of discomfort.

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