Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Some people prefer treatment options that complement traditional medicine such as acupuncture or herbal supplements that can help you stay healthy, feel better, and manage medical problems safely. To ensure the best possible treatment, please talk to us about your options.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is any therapy or practice that developed outside of conventional Western medical practice. Some examples of CAM include:
The words "complementary" and "alternative" are often used interchangeably, but they are different.
There are several major categories of complementary and alternative medicine:
Many people choose complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) because they believe it will help them stay healthy, feel better, and manage medical problems safely. Some people use CAM in addition to conventional medical treatment to improve symptoms. Common reasons people try CAM include:
Some medical approaches are effective, and others are less effective or not effective at all. This is true of both CAM therapies and conventional medical therapies. The best way to study the effectiveness of any therapy is to conduct scientific tests and carefully analyze the results.
Some studies show that certain types of CAM therapies are effective in improving health and fighting disease. These studies on CAM therapies are more recent and less numerous than studies of conventional medicine. Sometimes CAM studies are thorough and scientific, but not always.
Sometimes CAM therapies work, and sometimes they don't. Treatment depends on many things, including the person's health status, how the treatment is used, and the person's belief in the treatment.
Many people think that just because something is natural, it must be safe. The truth is that when something is strong enough to have an effect, it's also strong enough to have side effects and interact with medications.
It's important for your health to know the facts about all of your medications, including natural products. That's why we've teamed up with the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database to bring you unbiased, scientifically reliable information so you can better evaluate dietary supplements, including:
Here are some precautions to take when using complementary and alternative care:
We take the same approach to CAM as to Western medicine by:
If you are interested in using CAM, discuss it with us. We want you to feel comfortable talking about your options, and we will do our best to help you find the best one for you.
We conduct research on some CAM therapies and herbal products, including:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.