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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2000;24(6):1191-1195.
Use of Alternative Therapies by Rehabilitation Outpatients with the Musculoskeletal Pain.
Park, Sang Il , Kim, Soo A , Park, Dong Won , Son, Cheol Ho , Choi, Eun , Lee, Yang Gyun
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University.
근골격계 통증을 주소로 내원한 환자들에서의 대체의학 이용 현황
박상일, 김수아, 박동원, 손철호, 최은, 이양균
순천향대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

The purpose of this study is to document the prevalence and patterns of use of alternative therapies and effectiveness in a rehabilitation medicine outpatient practice.

This study was performed that a random sample of 200 patients of rehabilitation outpatient were given a questionnaire addressing their use of alternative therapies.

One or more alternative therapies had been used by 51.3% of subjects for their presenting problem. The most common therapies were acupuncture, oriental medicine, chiropractic and massage. Musculoskeletal pain syndrome involving the low back and shoulder were the most common problems of use of alternative therapies. Of the patients who used alternative treatments, 40.2% reported some degree of efficacy.

A significant proportion of rehabilitation outpatients use alternative therapies and frequently perceived a benefit from them. Incorporating alternative therapies into physiatric practice is a desirable future direction for the speciality.

Key Words: Alternative medicine, Acupuncture, Oriental medicine, Chiropractic, Massage


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