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Electroacupuncture can be used to improve pain and physical function in adults with knee osteoarthritis.
Using mindfulness, meditation, hypnosis, therapeutic suggestion, and cognitive behavior therapy, in addition to opioid treatment of acute or chronic pain, provides an additional benefit to patients by reducing pain scores.
Apr 1, 2020 Issue
Probiotics to Augment Antifungal Treatment of Vulvovaginal Candidiasis [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
Adding probiotics (typically Lactobacillus species) to antifungal therapy for vulvovaginal candidiasis improves short-term cure rates by 14% and reduces one-month relapse rates by 66%.
The practice of Yang-style tai chi for one hour twice weekly for 12 to 24 weeks is moderately effective in improving quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.
Acupuncture is an evidence-based therapy to reduce pain that can meet patient demand for nonpharmacologic treatment. Now is the time to offer training in medical acupuncture to more family physicians.
Acupuncture may provide modest benefits in the treatment of chronic low back pain, tension headache and chronic headache, migraine headache prophylaxis, and myofascial pain. Although effects vary with differing acupuncture methods and regimens and there is a notable placebo response, acupuncture is a reasonable treatment option for pain in selected patients, especially those who are unresponsive or intolerant to standard therapies.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a valuable modality that has the potential to decrease cost and improve pain/function in patients.
Evidence supports the use of spinal manipulation for short-term improvements in acute and chronic low back pain; cervical manipulation or mobilization for neck pain; and noninvasive physical therapies for migraine headache. There is a lack of evidence for using manipulative therapies in infants and children.
Acupuncture, with its meridians, chi, and other concepts that do not seem to line up with anything physiologic, is vexing to most of us who trained in Western medicine. However, this meta-analysis, based on data from almost 21,000 patients, found it to be more effective than no treatment and, to a l...
Find out what requirements should be met to know that you are offering your patients the highest quality probiotics to help prevent and treat disease.