The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The natural course of low back pain

    A lot of time is spent on this blog covering treatments for back pain. Here’s a new study that describes the typical progression of this common condition and the influence of regular exercise on recovery.

    790 low-back pain sufferers were followed for 5 years.

    • Most improvements occurred after 6 months.
    • Both men and women had recovered after 5 years as measured by self-estimated pain and disability.

    Regular habits of physical exercise (ranging from “low exercise” to rugby or rock climbing) made no difference in recovery.

    More information on CAM treatments for low back pain is listed here.

    3/1/07 21:14 JR

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