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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    Chiropractic for pregnancy-related back pain

    Reviewers from The University of Sheffield in the UK report that based on the available research, “chiropractic care is associated with improved outcomes in pregnancy-related low back pain.”

    The studies are weak, however.

    First, the details.

    • A literature search revealed 6 studies worth reviewing.
    • Quality scores ranged from 5 to 14 of 27.
    • Outcome measures among the studies were inconsistent as were descriptions of patients, treatments, and treatment schedules.
    • All studies lacked randomization and control groups

    And, the results.

    • But, based on what’s available, all studies reported positive results.

    The bottom line?
    They authors concluded, “Given the relatively common use of chiropractic care during pregnancy, there is need for higher quality observational studies and controlled trials to determine efficacy.”

    11/6/08 19:21 JR

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