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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    OARSI recommendations for treating osteoarthritis

    The OsteoArthritis Research Society International (OARSI) is a nonprofit scientific professional organization that promotes research in osteoarthritis.

    In addition to drugs and surgery, they recommend a series of non-pharmacological options to treat osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

    • Acupuncture
    • Aerobic, muscle strengthening, and water-based exercises
    • Education and self-management
    • Footwear and insoles
    • Knee braces
    • Referral to a physical therapist
    • Regular telephone contact
    • Thermal modalities
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
    • Walking aids
    • Weight reduction

    Interestingly, the authors report, “Overall, there was no statistically significant difference between non-pharmacological therapies … and pharmacological therapies.”

    3/4/08 18:47 JR

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