Alternative Medicine

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What is it and why?

  • A form of treatment that is not usually considered.

  • This can be chiropractic treatment, homoeopathy, Tai Chi and more.

  • Applicable stages All stages
  • Best stages 2-5
  • Cost Mid cost

  • Treatment involves Home/self-help
    Home/self-help
  • Treatment does not involve Hospital
    Hospital
  • Treatment does not involve Daycase procedure
    Daycase procedure
  • Treatment does not involve Inpatient procedure
    Inpatient procedure
  • Treatment does not involve Local anaesthetic
    Local anaesthetic
  • Treatment does not involve General anaesthetic
    General anaesthetic
  • Treatment does not involve Regional block / Spina
    Regional block / Spina
  • Pain
    Pain

    None

  • Mobility
    Mobility

    None

  • Daily activities
    Daily activities

    None

  • Driving
    Driving

    None

  • Leisure activities
    Leisure activities

    None

  • Light exercise
    Light exercise

    None

  • Heavy exercise
    Heavy exercise

    None

  • Light work
    Light work

    None

  • Heavy work
    Heavy work

    No more than usual

  • Intimate
    Intimate

    None


Overview

Benefits

  • There is a lack of solid evidence, especially when treating advanced arthritis.

Risks

  • Unquantified: but it is likely to be lower than any surgical intervention.

Cost

  • These treatments are not available on the NHS.

  • Patient: Cost is variable based on the type of treatment chosen and practitioners.