Satisfaction with treatment of low back pain: Conventional vs. complementary medicine Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Low back pain, a common ailment that affects 80% of the adult population at some time in their lives, carries with it broad economic and social impacts. In recent years complementary medicine has been mainstreamed into the operation of the four health funds that serve as healthcare-providers in the operation of Israelís Compulsory Health Insurance Law. Consequently, there is a need to examine the effectiveness of such treatments compared to conventional medical treatment. Objective: To evaluate treatment for low back pain in conventional medicine as compared to treatment in complementary medicine from the standpoint of patient satisfaction. Methodology: Questionnaires completed by 181 patients suffering from lower back pains. Results: Out of 181 patients, 45% chose only conventional treatment, 30% chose integrated conventional/complementary treatment …

publication date

  • January 1, 2004