Chronic pain patients use alternative care, often don’t tell physician

All alternative treatments should be discussed with primary physician.  Consider also consulting a certified holistic nurse
All alternative treatments should be discussed with primary physician. Consider also consulting a certified holistic nurse

A survey of more than 6,000 patients treated for chronic pain at Kaiser Permanente Northwest between 2009 and 2011 found that nearly 60 percent also saw a chiropractor or acupuncturist. But more than a third treated for acupuncture and more than 40 percent who saw a chiropractor did not tell their primary care physician.

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While alternative therapies can have multiple benefits, one needs to utilize them carefully and with the coordination of a primary physician and someone trained in holistic medicine.

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