I freqently read many of the threads here. In the majority of the cases, the thread starter is looking for advice on treatment/interventions for their respective painful experience. Likewise, the majority of posters provide advice without evidence to support their best intentions. With that said, I think a thread on placebo is very much needed.
This video is NOT just a media story. It is based on a research study from a high powered medical journal.
A Controlled Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee |J. Bruce Moseley, M.D., Kimberly O’Malley, Ph.D., Nancy J. Petersen, Ph.D., Terri J. Menke, Ph.D., Baruch A. Brody, Ph.D., David H. Kuykendall, Ph.D., John C. Hollingsworth, Dr.P.H., Carol M. Ashton, M.D., M.P.H., and Nelda P. Wray, M.D., M.P.H.
N Engl J Med 2002; 347:81-88 | July 11, 2002 |
So, before dealing out hundreds (maybe thousands) for treatment, do yourself a favor and look to high quality research to make a decision. (Some free advice: next time you suspect a torn rotator cuff, ask your MD for an ultrasound and not an MRI, you’ll save a boatload…)