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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    Managing pelvic and back pain during pregnancy

    There are lots of recommendations to prevent or treat this cause of back pain.

    Here’s what the Cochrane Collaboration found.

    No studies were designed specifically to prevent of back or pelvic pain.

    Strengthening exercises, sitting pelvic tilt exercises, and water gymnastics reduced pain intensity and back pain-related sick leave better than usual prenatal care alone.

    What about acupuncture?

    • Relieved pelvic pain more than usual prenatal care
    • More relief from evening pain than exercises
    • More effective than physiotherapy in reducing the intensity pelvic and back pain

    Finally, if you can get your hands on the Ozzlo pillow, use it, because it’s more effective than a regular one to relieve back pain. Unfortunately, it’s no longer made, and there were none listed on eBay.

    The bottom line?
    Victoria Pennick, who is a registered nurse and lead author says, “Given the [low] level of scientific rigor by which these studies were done, you have to be cautious.”

    “It’s very difficult to turn around and say ‘this intervention works better than that one’ because you didn’t have that level of certainty in the studies.”

    Fortunately, the condition is self-limiting.

    5/7/07 21:29 JR

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