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  Title Experts' opinions on complementary/alternative therapies for low back pain
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=10073623
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 Feb;22(2):87-90
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Abstract/Notes Background: Complementary/alternative therapies are used for low back pain more frequently than for any other indication, yet evidence for or against their efficacy is fragmentary. Notwithstanding this void, the high prevalence of such therapies drives their integration into our health care systems. Expert opinions on the use of complementary/alternative therapies for low back pain could therefore be helpful until more data from randomized, controlled trials become available.

Objective: A postal questionnaire survey was designed to generate opinion from a systematically identified expert panel on the clinical effectiveness of complementary/alternative therapies for low back pain.

Method: Computerized searches were conducted to systematically identify by objective criteria 50 clinical experts on low back pain. Each panel member received a questionnaire to assess the perceived clinical effectiveness of complementary/alternative therapies for 4 defined categories of low back pain.

Results: For acute uncomplicated low back pain, osteopathy and chiropractic were rated as effective by most experts. For chronic uncomplicated low back pain, most experts considered acupuncture as effective. Experts perceived homeopathy generally as ineffective for any type of low back pain. Clinical experience with herbalism as a treatment for low back pain was insufficient to form an opinion.

Conclusion: Experts' opinion is in favor of the effectiveness of osteopathy and chiropractic for acute uncomplicated low back pain. Acupuncture is judged to be of some value for chronic, uncomplicated low back pain. Homeopathy is perceived as ineffective for any type of low back pain. Insufficient experience with herbalism as a treatment for low back pain prevents firm conclusions.

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