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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    Treating low back pain: Guidelines from the mainstream

    Clinical Practice Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain have been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society.

    Here are recommendations #6 and #7.

    Recommendation 6: Consider medications with proven benefits.

    • For most patients, first-line medication options are acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

    Recommendation 7: For patients who do not improve with self-care options…

    • Consider adding nonpharmacologic therapy with proven benefits.
    • For acute low back pain: spinal manipulation.
    • For chronic or subacute low back pain: intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation, exercise therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal manipulation, yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or progressive relaxation (weak recommendation, moderate-quality evidence).

    10/3/07 10:26 JR

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