Doctors are getting away from treating chronic pain with opioids. Our spine experts weigh in on new guidelines for low back pain that favor non-drug options, like physical therapy, acupuncture and yoga, over pills.
You many have noticed that several of the U.S. Olympic swimmers and gymnasts are dotted with large, reddish-purple, perfectly circular spots. It’s not some new kind of sports tattoo. It’s the mark of a traditional Chinese therapy aimed at promoting healing: cupping.
The reality is many alternative treatments, which promise to cure cancer with a natural approach, are not proven or effective. Yet, there’s a whole industry that exploits the fears and anxieties of helpless patients.