The purpose of this survey is to learn about amputees' use of complementary and alternative medicine (for example acupunture, chiropractic and naturopathy).
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, defines the term "Complementary and Alternative Medicine" or "CAM" as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine (also referred to as Western or allopathic medicine). "Alternative medicine" refers to use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. Alternative health care practitioners are generally considered to be those who do not have MD or DO degrees. "Complementary medicine" refers to the use of CAM together with conventional medicine. Most use of CAM by Americans is complementary.