The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is 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.

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    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.

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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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