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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    Does treatment matter after whiplash?

    “It is unclear whether this, in some cases disabling, condition can be prevented by early intervention,” says Dr. Alice Kongsted from the University of Southern Denmark in Ringe. “Active interventions have been recommended but have not been compared with information only.”

    Now they have.

    First, the details.

    • 458 people assigned to one of 3 treatments within 10 days after whiplash injury and then monitored for 12 months
    • Immobilization of the cervical spine in a rigid collar followed by active mobilization
    • Advice to “act-as-usual”
    • Selective mobilization program (mechanical diagnosis and therapy)

    And the results at 12 months.

    • No significant differences between the 3 groups
    • 48% had considerable neck pain
    • 53% disability
    • 14% were still sick listed

    The bottom line?
    According to the researchers quoted on Medscape, “There might be subgroups that respond to treatment, but in a large group of patients the prognosis was not improved by active treatment. Until such subgroups have been identified, our general recommendation is that advice to act as usual, the less expensive intervention, should be the preferred treatment.”

    4/6/07 19:31 JR

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