Alternative therapies for musculoskeletal conditions

Vitetta, Luis, Cicuttini, Flavia and Sali, Avni (2008) Alternative therapies for musculoskeletal conditions. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Rheumatology, 22 3: 499-522. doi:10.1016/j.berh.2007.12.007

Author Vitetta, Luis
Cicuttini, Flavia
Sali, Avni
Title Alternative therapies for musculoskeletal conditions
Journal name Best Practice and Research: Clinical Rheumatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-6942
Publication date 2008-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.berh.2007.12.007
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 499
End page 522
Total pages 24
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Bailliere Tindall
Language eng
Abstract The use of complementary and alternative medicine is complex and nuanced. Patterns of use of complementary and alternative medicine differ among racially and ethnically different groups. Multivariate models of utilization indicate that ethnicity plays an independent role in the implementation of these modalities, in seeking practitioners and in health problems for which assistance is required. Moreover, there are many reasons why people use complementary and alternative medicine: conventional treatment may not be working as well as they would like; they want greater relief of symptoms and/or disability; they have issues with side-effects of pharmaceutical treatment; they wish to reduce some of the stress that comes from living with a chronic illness and want to cope better; they believe that complementary and alternative therapies are safer and ‘natural’; and they are influenced by the widespread advertising and attractive claims that are made for many natural products. Although there are more than 150 different kinds of syndromes and conditions associated with arthritis, this review will focus on currently available evidence-based medicine for the two most common conditions diagnosed in Western countries – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – for which people seek and then implement complementary and alternative medicine modalitites.
Keyword Complementary and alternative medicine
Rheumatoid arthritis
Mind body medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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