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CBT provides relief from back pain

1st March 2010

UK researchers have said that group therapy can have a 'positive effect' in relieving lower back pain.


The team, from Oxford and Warwick universities, said the effects were still apparent a year after patients received six sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

600 patients with back pain took part in the study. 400 patients were given CBT in addition to standard GP care and 200 received normal care only.

The 90 minute sessions encouraged patients to discuss how they could be more active, diminish negative beliefs about back pain and get over their worries about hurting themselves.

After a year, the patients who had taken part in group therapy had better scores when they filled out a questionnaire designed to measure pain and immobility.

Study author Zara Hansen, a clinical research fellow at the University of Warwick, said healthcare workers, such as physiotherapists and nurses, could be taught how to manage the sessions in a few days.

"The exciting bit here is that with a lot of back pain interventions, you'll get a feel-good factor and patients will feel better while they're undergoing the treatment but it's a short-term effect."

"But we showed they improve up to six months and then this is maintained for up to a year as they learn to manage their condition," she added.

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Alan Gellatly

Monday 1st March 2010 @ 16:18

Back pain or in fact how to deal with it would appear to have evaded the healthcare profession. Healthcare RM developed and use a multi disciplined team to deal not only with lower back pain but muskuloskeletal problems. Part of the methodology is to use a biophsyco social approach using CBT techniques.

What the teams at Oxford and Warwick have found through their research confirms the results we have found at healthcare RM

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