[Complementary medicine for low back pain : what is the scientific evidence ?]

Author: Aveni É1, Berna C2, Rodondi PY1
1Institut de médecine sociale et préventive (IUMSP), Centre de médecine intégrative et complémentaire, CHUV, PMU, 1011 Lausanne.
2Centre d'antalgie, Service d'anesthésiologie, CHUV, 1011 Lausanne.
Conference/Journal: Rev Med Suisse.
Date published: 2017 Jun 21
Other: Volume ID: 13 , Issue ID: 568 , Pages: 1300-1303 , Special Notes: [Article in French; Abstract available in French from the publisher] , Word Count: 88

Complementary medicines are frequently used by chronic pain patients. It is a challenge for the primary care physician to provide objective information based on the scientific literature. Meta-analyses have shown favourable effects of acupuncture, therapeutic massage and osteopathy for patients with acute low back pain. Concerning chronic low back pain, meta-analyses have shown positive results with acupuncture, osteopathy, yoga and tai-chi. Other therapies have shown positive effects, but further trials are necessary to fully validate them. This article reviews the literature supporting the most studied complementary medicines.

PMID: 28643968