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Group treatment for back pain sufferers

Posted Apr 13 2010 2:04pm

You read something new everyday on treatments for back pain but now they are saying that group treatment can help pain sufferers.

The trial published in the Lancet revealed that after only six sessions of the group therapy it showed patients still found improvements a year later.

All patients who took part in the study were given advice about remaining active, avoiding bed rest and taking pain medication, and felt more positive about being able to deal with their pain and less fearful about their situation.

The study, led by Professor Sarah Lamb, at the University of Warwick, found: "Compared with advice alone, advice plus cognitive behavioural intervention was associated with significant benefits in nearly all outcomes. "This trial shows that a bespoke cognitive behavioural intervention package, BeST, is effective in managing subacute and chronic low-back pain in primary care."
The treatment also compared favourably to other ways of combating back pain such as acupuncture and teaching correct posture.
Dr Laxmaiah Manchikanti, from the Pain Management Center of Paducah, in Kentucky in the US, said the study "showed rather impressive results".:D

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