Pain is the condition for which adults in the United States most often use complementary and integrative health approaches. This includes musculoskeletal pain (back pain, neck pain, joint pain, etc.), headache, and pain associated with specific conditions (e.g., arthritis). The scientific evidence to date suggests that some complementary health approaches may provide modest, short-term effects that may help individuals manage the day-to-day variations in their chronic pain symptoms. In most instances, though, the amount of evidence is too small to clearly show whether an approach is useful.
- Pain-Induced Changes in the Brain’s Opioid System May Explain the Limited Effectiveness of Opioid Therapy in Chronic Pain (05/22/18)
- Analysis of Data on the Prevalence and Pharmacologic Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis Pain (03/27/18)
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Shown To Be Cost Effective for Chronic Low-Back Pain (07/24/17)
- Yoga Similar to Physical Therapy in Helping Low-Back Pain in a Diverse Urban Population (06/19/17)
- Needles and Coffee May Not Mix; Even a Low Dose of Caffeine Blocks Acupuncture’s Pain Relief in Mice (06/13/17)