August 6, 2009

HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED THE POSSIBILITY THAT EVERY "EFFECTIVE" PAIN TREATMENT IS JUST A PLACEBO:

Back pain procedure may be placebo, studies say (Los Angeles Times, 8/06/09)

A widely used surgical procedure in which cement is used to fortify cracks in the spine is no better than a sham operation, two groups of researchers independently reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The findings shocked clinicians because the procedure, first introduced in the early 1990s, is now widely accepted and assumed to be effective at relieving pain and improving mobility. [...]

The procedure is so widely accepted that researchers had a hard time enrolling patients in the clinical trial because patients feared being placed into the placebo group.

The findings should provide powerful support for increased testing, wrote Dr. James Weinstein of the Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H., in an editorial accompanying the reports.


If they think it works, it does.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 6, 2009 8:39 AM
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