An article in The Hippocratic Blog by Dr Anthony Ordman this week discussed alternative ways to manage long-term pain:
When managing long-term pain in the pain clinic, we rely on all our skills as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and so on. We use our skills, which are mostly based in mainstream, ‘Western’ disciplines, to best effect, yet sometimes we can feel limited in what our conventional approaches can achieve for our patients.
Today, at a full-day Academic Meeting held by Pain Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, we will be considering the range of ‘alternative’ or complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy, hypnotherapy, yoga therapy and Ayurvedic medicine. We have invited speakers who practise these arts to help us learn about them. Over the course of the day, we’ll be asking how these therapies might work, and which of our patients could be most helped by them. How are we to advise patients when they ask about acupuncture, for example, or homeopathy?