Complimentary Pain Treatments

The word complementary means “in addition to.”

Complementary treatments such as yoga, massage therapy, and acupuncture can be used in addition to your doctor’s standard care to help you reduce your long-lasting pain.
Follow the links to learn more about these complementary treatments for pain:
Are complementary pain treatments effective?
What should I do before trying these options?
  • If you are considering complementary pain treatments, tell your health care providers. They need to know what you do to manage your health to make sure that it is safe
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Furlan AD, van Tulder MW, Cherkin DC, et al. Acupuncture and dry-needling for low back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2005; :CD001351.

Berman BM, Lao L, Langenberg P, Lee WL, Gilpin AMK, Hochberg MC. Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy in Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2004; 141(12):901910.

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