Research Article
Volume 12 Issue 11 - 2020
The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Patients with Lower Back Pain in Taif City, KSA in 2020
Adnan A Mubaraki1*, Adnan Innab2, Rawan Mashhur3, Abdulkarim Almutairi3, Murad Mubaraki4 and Amani Awaji5
11Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
12Nursing Administration Department, School of Nursing, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
13College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
14College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
15King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Adnan A Mubaraki, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.
Received: September 29, 2020; Published: October 31, 2020


Objectives: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses various non-medicinal, interventional and manipulative approaches for treating several diseases. We aimed to study the prevalence of patients with lower back pain (LBP) using CAM in Taif City, Saudi Arabia. Specifically, we assessed the relationship between the participants’ characteristics and their perceptions regarding the use of CAM.

Methods: This involved a cross-sectional descriptive study of patients with a history of LBP. The data were collected from Taif City (Saudi Arabia) between May 1, 2020 and July 30, 2020. The inclusion criteria were all patients in Taif City older than 15 years of age. Patients who refused to participate or leave incomplete questions were excluded. In this study, we investigated a total of 231 participants who completed and returned the surveys.

Results: The prevalence of LBP was found to be 75.3%, of which 26.4% suffered from spinal disease. Almost two-thirds of the sample (58.4%) used CAM, whereas 18% only had visited either the emergency room (ER) or primary health care (PHC) clinic after they suffered from back pain. The most common modality used was a manipulative approach for 35.9%. Then, 25.5% used more than one modality. The majority of patients (84.8%) did not disclose using CAM to their physician.

Conclusion: LBP is a common problem with different causes and treatments. CAM has many modalities that need to be further investigated for efficacy and safety.

Keywords: Lower Back Pain; Back Pain; LBP; CAM; Complementary and Alternative Medicine


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