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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    Exercise? Yes, but which one for osteoarthritis?

    There’s a growing recognition of the importance of physical exercise to reduce pain in knee and hip joints.

    Researchers at Universidad de Extremadura, in Spain, compared the effectiveness of exercise programs on pain in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis.

    First, the details.

    • 33 studies that evaluated the influence of different exercise programs on pain were reviewed.
    • These studies were grouped according to the characteristics of the exercise program.
      • Land-based intervention (strength program, tai chi, aerobic program)
      • Aquatic intervention (hydrotherapy)
      • Mixed exercise programs

    And, the results.

    • The exercise programs differed in almost every way (content, duration, frequency, and duration of the session).
    • Overall, exercise programs based on tai chi had better results than mixed exercise programs.
      • But there were no clear differences.

    The bottom line?

    The authors found that, “Despite recommendations for the use of exercise programs as pain therapy in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis, very few randomized clinical studies were conducted.”

    OK. But based on what we know, tai chi has an advantage.

    11/20/10 11:03 JR

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