Are the Current Complementary and Alternative Therapies Available for the Treatment of Low Back Pain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Reliable Clinically? A Review of the Literature

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Abstract

Low back pain and chronic fatigue syndrome are major work-related disablers affecting millions around the globe today. This article assesses the clinical reliability of complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of low back pain and chronic fatigue syndrome using the existing accessible literature. Multiple bibliographic databases that include medical, general health care, and natural medicine literature were searched for relevant terms and conclusions. The authors examined all abstracts obtained through the search and reviewed the full text of the relevant articles along with the additional supporting articles that resulted from the search. It is observed from the literature that most of the complementary and alternative treatments available today are clinically reliable for the treatment of low back pain, as significantly evidenced. However, not many studies support the clinical reliability of the use of complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.

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