New Rochelle, NY, April 23, 2012—Nearly eight of 10 Americans will experience lower-back pain at some time in their lives. Persistent low-back pain is a common, incapacitating, costly and difficult to treat condition. Many patients might benefit significantly from an individualized, multidisciplinary, team-based model of care that includes access to licensed complementary care practitioners (e.g., chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists) in addition to conventional care providers, as demonstrated in a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert Inc. The article, “A Model of Integrative Care for Low-Back Pain,” is available free online at The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine website.

David M. Eisenberg, M.D., and colleagues from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts), Group Health Research Institute (Seattle, Washington) and Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), compared conventional therapy alone—defined as “usual care”—to the combination of an integrated program of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies plus usual care. They report significant differences between the two randomized patient groups in outcomes which included pain, functional status and difficulty performing routine, self-identified challenging activities.

CAM therapies were provided by a trained team of health care practitioners and included acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mind-body techniques and nutritional counseling. Usual care consisted of treatments provided by subjects’ primary care physicians and typically included nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), physical therapy and bed rest as needed, education, and changes in activity levels.

About the Journal

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine is a monthly peer-reviewed journal publishing observational, clinical and scientific reports and commentary intended to help health care professionals and scientists evaluate and integrate therapies into patient care protocols and research strategies.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert Inc. is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Medical Acupuncture and Journal of Medicinal Food. A complete list of the firm’s 70 journals, books and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert Inc. website.