Natural Therapies And Alternative Treatments
Increasing numbers of patients who have chronic conditions choose alternative treatments when conventional therapies are of concern or have not provided acceptable results.
Although more clinical studies are needed to assess the long-term and short-term risks and benefits, alternative medications including herbs, supplements, and nonpharmacologic measures have been helpful for symptomatic relief of musculoskeletal pain.
Herbal Remedies And Dietary Supplements
Furthermore, they should try to obtain the product from a reputable source as the amount of active ingredient may not be up to standard. Some pain relieving herbal and dietary products include:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Not Open To Alternatives
Many doctors are not open to alternative treatments and as a result, are not helpful in guiding patients away from therapies which may be non-effective or harmful.One suggested reference for patients and doctors is the Physicians Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs. (Thomson PDR; Five Paragon Drive; Montvale NJ 07645)
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Answer provided by Scott J. Zashin, M.D., clinical assistant professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Division of Rheumatology, in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Zashin is also an attending physician at Presbyterian Hospitals of Dallas and Plano. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Zashin is author of Arthritis Without Pain - The Miracle Of Anti-TNF Blockers. The book is a must-have for anyone on one of the biologic drugs (Enbrel, Remicade, Humira) or considering the biologic drugs. Read our review of the book.
Sources: Fitzcharles, Almahrezi and Shir; Arth and Rheum Vol 52 # 12; Dec 2005; 3685-3692; Zashin; The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine; June 2000; 330-345