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CAM use by children with pain in the United States

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

CAM is frequently used by children with pain in the USA and many parents report benefits for their child’s symptoms.

What we know

Chronic pain is reported by 15-25% of children. The objective of this study was to provide estimates of CAM use by children with pain in the United States.

The study revealed

CAM use among children with pain was associated with female sex, higher income, and presence of 4+ comorbidities.

The 2 most commonly used CAM were biologically-based therapies (47.3%) (e.g., special diets and herbal supplements) and manipulative or body-based therapies (46.3%) (e.g., chiropractic and massage).

Risk of harm following usual chiropractic care

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Chiropractic1-150x150According to a 2007 study by Canadian researchers, “Serious adverse events may be associated with pediatric spinal manipulation,” but “neither causation nor incidence rates can be inferred manipulation.”

Now, researchers at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, have taken a closer look at the frequency and severity of adverse effects from short-term usual chiropractic treatment. (more…)

SIT and the co-disciplinary pain clinic

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Clinicians in California described their clinical practice, which uses the simultaneous interview technique (SIT). (more…)

CAM use in the Manitoba IBD Cohort Study

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Researchers in Winnipeg, Manitoba surveyed the prevalence of CAM use in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. (more…)

Complementary treatments for osteoarthritis

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Former Medical Director, of the Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City, Dr. James Dillard, reviewed the evidence.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Spinal manipulation for chronic low back pain

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Here are the findings of a Cochrane review. (more…)

Treating cervicogenic headache with spinal manipulation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Cervicogenic headaches originate in the upper spine, neck, and upper shoulders. It can a byproduct of whiplash, neck injury, or muscle trauma.

Prof, Ernst and a colleague reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Stroke as an opportunity for the chiropractic profession

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Dr. Donald Murphy is Clinical Director of the Rhode Island Spine Center and a member of the Clinical Faculty at Brown University School of Medicine and the Postgraduate Faculty of 4 chiropractic schools.

Here’s his perspective on cervical manipulation, stroke, and what does it mean for the chiropractic profession. (more…)

The chiropractic table. Is it contaminiated?

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Researchers at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, in Toronto, recorded the attitudes and behaviors of chiropractors regarding table disinfection. (more…)

Review of CAM for fibromyalgia

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Most people suffering from fibromyalgia use a variety of complementary or alternative medicine treatments to manage their symptoms.

Prof. Ernst has updated his review of the CAM options from a year ago. (more…)

Review: Chiropractic care for autism

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

In addition to impacting the child and family’s quality of life, recent estimates place the lifetime cost for an individual with autism spectrum disorder at $3.2 million.

Researchers at Life Chiropractic College West, in Hayward, California, reviewed the evidence for chiropractic treatment. (more…)

TENS to treat trapezius muscle trigger points

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The trapezius muscle contains trigger points (hyperirritable spots). Referred pain from these trigger points frequently cause patients to seek treatment.

Researchers at Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, in Bournemouth, UK, studied the immediate effect of electric point stimulation (TENS). (more…)

Does chiropractic improve sports performance?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Dr. Andrew Miners is Assistant Professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic Collage, in Toronto.

He reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Chiropractic and recurrence of work-related low back pain

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Researchers at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, compared the occurrence of repeated disability in patients treated by different healthcare providers. (more…)

Chiropractic care of infants with colic

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Researchers in Pennsylvania and California reviewed the evidence on the chiropractic care of patients with infantile colic. (more…)

CAM in the US: Patterns of use

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I’ve largely ignored these studies in the past, but perhaps it’s worth a second look.

To start, this 1993 study by Dr. David Eisenberg, who is now the director of Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard University, is considered a landmark in the field of “unconventional medicine.” (more…)

Chiropractic and the risk of chest injury

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Dynamic chest compression occurs during spinal manipulation.

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, analyzed the magnitude of chest compressions during chiropractic manipulation. (more…)

Are those using CAM less likely to be immunized?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

CAMThere’s concern that the use of complementary and alternative medications (CAM) may replace recommended preventive health practices.

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Pennsylvania conducted a survey to learn more. (more…)

Review: Spinal manipulation to treat migraine

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Prof. Ernst reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Cochrane Library reviews real world chiropractic for early low back pain

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

It’s one of the most common and costly musculoskeletal problems.

The authors evaluated the effects of combined chiropractic interventions on pain, disability, back-related function, overall improvement, and patient satisfaction in adults with low back pain. (more…)