Anthroposophic vs. conventional therapy for chronic low back pain: a prospective comparative study
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Anthroposophic vs. conventional therapy for chronic low back pain
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: To compare anthroposophic treatment (eurythmy, rhythmical massage or art therapy; counselling, anthroposophic medication) and conventional treatment for low back pain (LBP) under routine conditions. METHODS: 62 consecutive outpatients from 38 medical practices in Germany, consulting an anthroposophic (A-) or conventional (C-) physician with LBP of >or= 6 weeks duration participated in a prospective non-randomised comparative study. Main outcomes were Hanover Functional Ability Questionnaire (HFAQ), LBP Rating Scale Pain Score (LBPRS), Symptom Score, and SF-36 after 6 and 12 months. RESULTS: At baseline, LBP duration was > 6 months in 85% (29/34) of A-patients and 54% (15/28) of C-patients (p = 0.004). Unadjusted analysis showed significant improvements in both groups of HFAQ, LBPRS, Symptom Score, SF-36 Physical Component Summary, and three SF-36 scales (Physical Function, Pain, Vitality), and improvements in A-patients of three further SF-36 scales (Role Physical, General Health, Mental Health). After adjustment for age, gender, LBP duration, and education, improvements were still significant in both groups for Symptom Score (p = 0.030), SF-36 Physical Component Summary (p = 0.004), and three SF-36-scales (Physical Function, p = 0.025; Role Physical, p = 0.014; Pain, p = 0.003), and in A-patients for SF-36-Vitality (p = 0.032). Compared to C-patients, A-patients had significantly more pronounced improvements of three SF-36 scales (Mental Health: p = 0.045; General Health: p = 0.006; Vitality: p = 0.005); other improvements did not differ significantly between the two groups. CONCLUSION: Compared to conventional therapy, anthroposophic therapy for chronic LBP was associated with at least comparable improvements.

Author(s): 
Hamre, H. J.
Witt, C. M.
Glockmann, A.
Wegscheider, K.
Ziegler, R.
Willich, S. N.
Kiene, H.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Medical Research
Journal Abbreviation: 
Eur. J. Med. Res.
Publication Date: 
Jul 26, 2007
Publication Year: 
2007
Pages: 
302-310
Volume: 
12
Issue: 
7
ISSN: 
0949-2321
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 17933703

Turabian/Chicago Citation

H. J. Hamre, C. M. Witt, A. Glockmann, K. Wegscheider, R. Ziegler, S. N. Willich and H. Kiene. Jul 26, 2007. "Anthroposophic vs. conventional therapy for chronic low back pain: a prospective comparative study." European Journal of Medical Research 12: 7: 302-310.

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