Patients Seldom Inform Clinicians of Alternative Pain Treatments, Study Shows

August 7, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​Although many patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain use acupuncture or chiropractic treatment, few inform their providers that they use these alternative pain management treatments, concludes a study published online July 20, 2015, in the American Journal of Managed Care. Of 6,068 patients responding to a survey, 32% said they used acupuncture and 47% said they used chiropractic care to help manage chronic musculoskeletal pain, 21% used both and 42% did not use either.

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