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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    Review: Exercise for diseases that limit movement in the elderly

    elderly fallResearchers from Keio University School of Medicine, in Tokyo, Japan make concise conclusions.

    Here are the highlights.

    Lumbar spinal stenosis

    • There’s insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of exercise.
    • Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, compressing the spinal cord and nerves.

    Mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee

    • Muscle strengthening and aerobic exercises reduce pain and improve physical function.

    Postmenopausal women

    • Aerobics, weight bearing and resistance exercises increase bone mineral density of the spine.
    • Walking is beneficial to the hips.

    The elderly

    • Muscle strengthening, balance training, and traditional Chinese tai chi reduce the risk of falling.

    The bottom line?
    The authors recommend to select appropriate exercises for elderly patients — especially those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee or osteoporosis.

    11/29/09 20:28 JR

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