Benefits of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Lower Back Pain
“Interdisciplinary assessment and treatment may produce the best results for people with the most severe and persistent pain problems.” —The Institute of Medicine (IOM)(i)
Management of and recovery from lower back pain (LBP) can be challenging. Recognizing this, physicians treating LBP have started turning toward a multidisciplinary, integrative approach. This approach utilizes the skills and modalities of medical doctors (MDs) and physical therapists alongside those of chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. It is especially effective when all the providers are working together within one practice.
The multidisciplinary approach has become popular because, simply put, it works. Manifold clinical studies have been conducted across the globe in recent years, with stunningly positive results. We will look below at what those studies have taught the medical establishment about how to treat pain, especially LBP. Our own numbers at Wellness Plus Clinic are compelling as well: 95% prevention of surgery.
Medical Research on Lower Back Pain
To get a broad view on the effectiveness of integrative therapies in treating LBP, let's take a look at the findings of four recent medical studies and reports from various worldwide locations:
1. Tel Aviv, Israel (ii)
At Tel Aviv University, 67 volunteers suffering from back pain were provided a treatment plan that included chiropractic care, acupuncture, psychiatry, back schooling, and various other modalities. Both the levels of pain and the regularity with which it occurred were reduced. Patients were also able to diminish the amount of prescription medication they were taking. The positive results continued throughout the observation period, which lasted six months.
2. Western Australia (iii)
An Australian pain management clinic focused treatment plans for 50 individuals both on the body and the mind. Integration of psychiatric care with conventional medical care allowed for more accurate diagnosis and prognosis of the patients' medical conditions. Only two of the patients needed to undergo surgery following the conclusion of the study.
3. Dallas, Texas (iv)
Researchers looked at the findings of 10 randomized controlled trials to determine the best approaches to treating chronic pain. Their report was then delivered to US Congress and the National Institute of Health. The report found that integrative care was especially helpful for lower back pain (LBP), even a year after treatment was concluded.
4. Portland, Oregon (v)
A joint report by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society advises physicians to consider treatment by such alternative therapies as massage, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture for the treatment of LBP.
At Wellness Plus Clinic, we have seen the effectiveness of a multimodal or multidisciplinary approach ourselves. We want the treatment of our patients to be as pain-free as possible. Plus, we feel communication between various medical professionals is greatly enhanced when they all work together, so we have a team of specialists on staff rather than referring to outside facilities.
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