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Are there alternative treatments for spinal pain?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are quite a few alternative or complementary treatments that can be used to treat some kinds of chronic spinal or back pain. Many alternative treatments are used to address the pain itself, not the underlying causes of the pain. If you are considering using an alternative treatment for your spinal pain, you should discuss your plans with your doctor. Acupuncture, acupressure and massage are examples of alternative treatments that are frequently used to treat all kinds of pain, including spinal pain. Chiropractic adjustments are commonly used to treat certain types of spinal pain. Some herbs, such as willow bark and devil's claw, have anti-inflammatory effects that may be helpful for some types of spinal pain.

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