Osteopathic Medicine Gaining Acceptance
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There is even more recent evidence that supports osteopathic treatment for
lower back pain. A study published in the Nov. 4 issue of TheNew
England Journal of Medicine concludes that patients with chronic lower back
pain can be treated effectively with manipulation. The study found manipulation
to be as effective as other treatments for lower back pain and lower in
During the 12-week study, patients were treated with a variety of accepted
treatments for lower back pain such as pain medicine, anti-inflammatory
medication, active physical therapy, Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation
(a device that provides a slight electrical current to an affected area using
adhesive pads), and hot/cold packs. All of these forms of treatment, including
manipulation, were shown to be effective for treating lower back pain. However,
manipulation was associated with lower costs and less medication.
Officials of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) found the study
proof of the validity and benefits of manipulation. "This study helps to
reinforce what DOs and their patients have known for years," said Eugene A.
Oliveri, DO, president of the AOA, in a written statement.
- A recent telephone survey of HMO members revealed that the public is not
yet familiar with the concept of osteopathic medicine.
- Osteopathic medicine is similar to traditional, or allopathic, medicine but
places a greater emphasis on the role of the musculoskeletal system and normal
- Studies have shown that osteopathics are especially effective in treating
lower back pain, but can do so at a lower cost and using less medication, when
compared with other physicians.