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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    CAM for spinal cord injury pain

    Researchers at the University Medical Centre Utrecht and De Hoogstraat, in The Netherlands surveyed the use of CAM in a large group of Dutch patients with spinal cord injury.

    First, the details.

    • 575 people with spinal cord injury were surveyed by mail.
    • Questions covered current level of pain, past and current pain treatments, and perceived effectiveness of current pain treatments.

    And, the results.

    • Most respondents with chronic spinal cord injury pain (63%) reported more than 1 pain type, of which neuropathic pain was most frequently reported (69%).
    • Of this group, 64% were using some kind of treatment, although high levels of pain were reported.
    • Most often used CAM:
      • Massage (therapy)/relaxation (training)
    • CAM most often perceived as effective:
      • Acupuncture/magnetizing
      • Cannabis/alcohol
      • Physiotherapy and exercise
      • Massage (therapy)/relaxation (training).
    • Least often perceived as effective was TENS/ultrasound.

    The bottom line?

    Interestingly, these patients considered even the least effect CAM (TENS) to be more effective than antidepressants.

    8/12/10 20:15 JR

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