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NEW STUDY SHOWS PROMISE FOR ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

If you’ve ever had pain that lasts for several weeks, you may be surprised to know that you are not alone.

Not by a long shot. In a typical year, around 100 million adults in the United States have episodes of pain that that last for 12 or more weeks. Of those, 40 million are classified as in severe chronic pain.

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According to Dr. Jeff McQuaite, millions of people rely on pain medications to help them deal with these episodes, but those medications can have significant side effects — including, the risk of addiction. Because of that, a lot of pain sufferers have been investigating alternative methods of pain relief, including yoga, Tai Chi, and acupuncture, among others.

These methods have not been studied as thoroughly as traditional medicine strategies, but recently the results of a major study were released that were promising.  Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a team of researchers published their results in a leading medical journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and here is what they found.

After studying the results of 150 U.S. clinical trials of non-drug therapies for chronic pain, Dr. Nahin and his team found there was evidence to conclude that yoga and acupuncture are effective for back pain. In addition, they found that acupuncture and tai chi have some beneficial effects for people with pain triggered by osteoarthritis of the knee.

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These are encouraging findings for people who are seeking non-drug solutions to chronic pain management, like those offered by a chiropractor in Central Bucks County and hopefully there will be more studies in the future that demonstrate even stronger links between these alternative therapies and pain relief.

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SPEAK UP ABOUT ALTERNATIVE CARE

November 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Good communication is essential between patients and their medical providers. In fact, it can slow down or block the progress of treatment if patients don’t communicate well with the people who are treating them. That’s why it’s disturbing to read of a new study released by Kaiser Permanente Northwest, a group model health maintenance organization based in Portland, Ore., that found a third of acupuncture users and 42 percent of chiropractic users in the study did not tell their regular doctors about the care. This adds up to a lot of patients, since the study also found that of the 6,068 chronic pain patients who responded to a questionnaire, 47 percent reported using chiropractic care, 32 percent said they used acupuncture, and 21 percent used both. Only 42 percent said they used neither acupuncture nor chiropractic.

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This study shows that a lot of patients are turning to alternative therapies, such as those offered by a Warrington PA chiropractor to deal with their chronic pain, but the bad news is many of them are not telling their primary doctors about it. For medical care to work effectively, patients need to keep all the members of their treatment team in the loop. It’s the best way to coordinate care and make sure nothing is missed. Another reason for speaking up about alternative therapies like chiropractic is that doctors can sometimes offer advice about submitting these procedures for insurance payment. Insurance companies are more willing to pay for alternative treatments from a Warrington chiropractor these days, but many patients don’t know that, and pay the full cost of care themselves.

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The lesson is, speak up! Let your primary care doctor know if you’re seeing a Warrington chiropractor.