An Effective Alternative for Treating Lower Back Pain
Wayne State University Health Clinic 5200 Anthony Wayne DriveSuite 115Detroit, MI 48202
Executive Summary Lower back pain is a common symptom prompting clinic visits in the University. The standard treatment is pain-relieving medications and rest from exertion but current trends in health care point to the increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the treatment of lower back pain. The use of CAM is motivated by patients’ desire to avoid the side effects of frequent pain medication use. However, many CAM modalities only result in short-term pain relief which decreases patient satisfaction with these treatments. ...