Instead of pills or surgery, Loren Fishman, MD often prescribes yoga maneuvers for patients with back pain, shoulder injuries, and other orthopedic disorders. Twice a week, he dons gym shorts and personally teaches therapeutic poses to his patients. “Frequently, yoga can help patients reduce or stop medications,” says Dr. Fishman, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who teaches at Columbia Medical School in New York City. Recently, this therapy helped one of his patients, a 40-year-old photographer with a painful rotator cuff tear, avoid a $12,000 surgery.
38 percent of US adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine—and the number is climbing, largely due to a boom in such mind-body therapies (MBT) Continue reading