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Hands-On Treatment Improves Chronic Low Back Pain, Reduces Medication Use
Date:3/18/2013

its of OMT is that it has few side effects compared with other common treatments for low back pain that often involve serious side effects," Licciardone said. "In our study, patients who had higher levels of pain saw even greater reductions in pain. Not only does OMT reduce pain, it seems to work even better in people who experience higher pain levels. These are the people who are often treated with potentially addictive drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin, epidural steroid injections or surgery.

If we can reduce the use of these drugs and invasive procedures by helping people to feel better with hands‐on treatment that has few side effects, that is a plus for our patients and contributes to the management of chronic pain."

This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health–National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (K24--‐AT002422) and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.

The UNT Health Science Center comprises the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Health Professions and the UNT System College of Pharmacy (opening in fall 2013). Key research areas include aging and Alzheimer's disease, applied genetics, primary care and prevention.

In addition to its flagship school, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the UNT Health Science Center houses The Osteopathic Research Center, which is a leading research center in osteopathic medicine focusing on the effectiveness of OMT and other distinct aspects of osteopathic medical care.


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