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In the U.S., many physicians may be reluctant to recommend that patients with lower back pain take classes for pain relief.
This isn’t a new concern, as the American Osteoarthrotic Society has been urging physicians to consider alternative treatments and approaches for years.
“A lot of our society is being led to believe that there’s a cure for chronic back pain, that we’re immune to it, that our bodies are the most perfect machine that ever was,” said Dr. Mark Davenport, president of the Society for Osteopathy, which is a nonprofit medical society.
Davenport is a proponent of alternative treatments for back pain that can be delivered through physical therapy.
While physical therapy is a proven and effective treatment, it can be difficult to find a doctor who will prescribe it, Davenports told ABC News.
So when the Mayo Clinic’s annual survey of physician practices surveyed their medical staffs, it found that over 60 percent of doctors said they would not recommend it, even though it is the most commonly recommended alternative to surgery for patients with back pain.
Dawson said that is why many doctors might not recommend a class for osteopathy, but it is important to note that it’s up to the individual doctor to determine whether or not he or she feels comfortable prescribing such a class.
“There are no standardized fees, so it’s really up to each physician to determine what the right cost is,” Dawson said.
For the most part, the cost of treatment for low back pain is fairly low.
In a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. Jennifer Wiesman and her colleagues found that a 30-minute course of physical therapy with massage and acupuncture, combined with yoga, could be about $300 to $500.
Wiesman, an osteopath, also found that the costs of treatment could vary depending on the severity of the condition.
For instance, for patients who have mild to moderate pain, a 30 minute massage with massage can cost between $200 and $300, depending on their age, weight, and physical function, she said.
Wiedman said that physical therapists who use massage are able to help patients with low back aches and pains because they have a proven track record of improving pain control.
For example, she pointed out that a physical therapist who works with women can see improvement in pain control after a massage.
“They can be able to get in the habit of using the physical therapist as an alternative to pain medication,” Wiesmann said.
In addition to massage, there are several other treatments available to treat low back and knee pain, but the costs can vary greatly.
For people with arthritis, Drs.
Paul G. Folsom and Richard J. Czuchry recommend that they see a physical therapy specialist who specializes in osteopathy.
For arthritis patients, the Mayo Foundation recommends a 30 minutes massage.
If you’re not sure whether a particular treatment or exercise method is right for you, your doctor may be able find out.
“The Mayo Clinic has the highest number of osteopathic physicians, so we are able get a good picture of what the benefits and risks of the treatment are,” Dawson told ABCNews.com.
If your doctor doesn’t recommend a particular method, he or her can suggest that you find a qualified physical therapist to do the work for you.
And in some cases, it may be possible to get a referral from a physical therapists association.
“We can provide referrals for other doctors in the community who are interested in doing the same thing,” Dawson added.
Dawnson added that many physicians have a referral system, which may be more efficient for people who are more accustomed to seeing a physical.
But for those who are just starting out, she recommended seeking out a qualified chiropractor.
Chiropractors are often referred to as chiropractors of physical health because of their knowledge of spine and joint health, which includes the chiropractic care of low back problems, knee pain and arthritis, Dawson said, and can provide more accurate diagnosis.
“Chiopractors don’t see bones or tendons, they’re able to work on a lot of different things,” Dawson explained.
If there is a specific treatment that you’re considering, it’s best to talk with your doctor about the specifics.
You can find more information on Mayo Clinic websites about the benefits of chiropracting at Mayo Clinic.com/chiropractic and on the Mayo Clinical Guidelines for Chiropractists.
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