CBT HELPFUL FOR PATIENTS WITH LOW BACK PAIN

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be helpful adjunctive approach for patients with low-back pain (LBP), according to a study published in The Lancet.

The analysis enrolled 701 people with LBP. All the patients received standard medical care, which consisted of pain medication and advice to stay active. In addition, 468 patients received CBT, which consisted of one individual session and six group sessions. The therapy focused on changing fear avoidance behaviors.

At 1-year follow-up patients who received CBT were twice as likely to experience recovery. Specifically, 60% of the CBT group recovered, compared with 30% of control subjects.

The Lancet – March 13, 2010;375:916-23.

www.thelancet.com

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