HSS Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 198–201 | Cite as

Physical Therapy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Educational Tool for Enhancing Integration

  • Gina Kearney
  • JeMe Cioppa-Mosca
  • Margaret G. E. Peterson
  • C. Ronald MacKenzie
Original Article


In an outpatient rehabilitation setting, both patients’ use and therapists’ knowledge of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) varies widely. Based on this observation and a recognition of CAM as an emerging practice area for rehabilitation professionals, it was felt that a thorough and consistent approach to the education and orientation of physical therapists to the world of CAM and integrative care was needed. This special interest paper will describe one center’s approach, development, and use of a unique and comprehensive training manual designed to provide both a structured and standardized approach for educating physical therapists about CAM and related therapeutic modalities. This innovative teaching tool allows for multiple methods of content delivery within a multidisciplinary format and can be used for those who practice currently or desire to practice in an integrative care environment.

Key words

CAM modern medicine traditional medicine 


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© Hospital for Special Surgery 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gina Kearney
    • 1
    • 2
  • JeMe Cioppa-Mosca
    • 1
    • 3
  • Margaret G. E. Peterson
    • 1
  • C. Ronald MacKenzie
    • 1
  1. 1.Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Development & ResearchSouth Nassau Communities Hospital, One Healthy WayOceansideUSA
  3. 3.Department of Rehabilitation, Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA

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