Power of placebo in back surgery

Seeing, it appears, is believing when it comes to back, reports Susan Perry of MinnPost.com. Excerpt:

British surgeons report that patients who underwent a surgical procedure (lumbar microdiscectomy) for back pain caused by a spinal disc tear ("slipped disc") had better outcomes when they received fragments of their removed disc after the operation.

That's right. Simply taking home a souvenir of the operation in a pot of saline solution improved the patients' recovery. They reported less leg and back pain, less leg weakness and less "pins and needles" sensations (paresthesia). They also took fewer pain medications after the surgery.

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