Though Americans spend an estimated $80 billion to $100 billion each year in hopes of easing their aching backs, the evidence is mounting that many pricey standard treatments — including surgery and spinal injections — are often ineffective and
People in chronic pain are some of the most difficult patients to treat. They have complex circumstances that medicine can’t always remedy. Pain can be amplified, by depression and anxiety, genetics and quality of life.
The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, a 72-member organization, offers evidence for effective treatment of post-surgical pain, acute inpatient pain, cancer pain and chronic pain using nonpharmalogical methods.
Heather Tick, a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is the lead author of a consortium pain task force white paper calling for a reform in pain treatment to elevate acupuncture, massa