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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    Norwegian hospital offers chiropractic thru the orthopedic department

    That’s the main message in this article. However, the authors include their experience in treating 44 patients with sudden and painful low back pain.

    Orthopedic surgeons examined the patients and found nothing wrong. Examination by the doctor of chiropractic indicated they had lumbopelvic fixation and proceeded to treat them.

    Under the chiropractor’s care the period of sick leave was reduced two-thirds compared to what would be expected with conventional medical treatment.

    It’s not clear, based on the information available, what was “expected with conventional medical treatment.” For reference, an article in American Family Physicians states, “At least 60% of patients with acute low back pain return to work within one month, and 90% return within three months.”

    Aside from the study results, including chiropractic as part of hospital services brings another option to patients.

    2/27/07 20:20 JR

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