There is a growing body of evidence to show that various forms of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine (CAM) can be beneficial to patients with pain. At this same time, the medical community is under considerable legal and societal pressure to prescribe fewer opioids and other narcotics that can lead to addiction. The need for clinicians to learn more about, and feel comfortable using alternate methods for treating chronic pain, is as important as ever before.
According to the WHO, “traditional and complimentary medicine is an important and often underestimated part of healthcare” and should be taken seriously, especially in the field of pain management. Now medical journals, such as the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, focus on the assessment of alternative therapies, and the American College of Physicians’ Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine has hundreds of pages devoted to evidence-based analysis of these approaches.
The trainers for this session are Katherine Golar, M.D., Jaquel Paterson, N.D., Tracey Sondik, PsyD, Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT