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2021 Jul

J Clin Orthop Trauma


Complementary and Alternative Modalities (CAM) for pain management in musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs).


Bhoi D, Jain D, Garg R, Iyengar KP, Hoda W, Vaishya R, Jain V K
J Clin Orthop Trauma. 2021 Jul; 18:171-180.
PMID: 34017678.


Musculoskeletal diseases are a group of clinical conditions affecting the body's movement and remain a common source of pain affecting the quality of life. The aetio-pathological reasons for pain associated with musculoskeletal diseases can be varied and complex. Conventional medicine can treat or modify pain due to musculoskeletal diseases; however, these may be associated with some side effects and at times may not be able to relieve pain completely. These treatment modalities also have ceiling effects like doses of analgesics, the number of nerve blocks, etc. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) provides a supplementary, unconventional modality to alleviate discomfort and disability associated with these mostly chronic conditions to manage activities of daily living. These modalities have been variedly combined with conventional management for symptom control and thus improve day-to-day activities. We assess the role of commonly used CAM modalities in the management of pain arising from Musculoskeletal diseases.