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Back Pain: Psychological Treatment Shown to Yield Strong, Lasting Pain Relief, Alter Brain Networks

Marshall, L. (2021, September 29). Back Pain: Psychological Treatment Shown to Yield Strong, Lasting Pain Relief, Alter Brain Networks. University of Colorado at Boulder. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210929112846.htm

A study of chronic back pain patients finds that more than two-thirds of those who underwent a novel, 4-week psychological treatment were pain-free or nearly pain-free afterward. Those in the treatment group also saw brain regions involved in pain processing quiet. For many, the benefits lasted at least one year. Rethinking what causes pain and how great of a threat it is can provide chronic pain patients with lasting relief and alter brain networks associated with pain processing, according to new University of Colorado Boulder-led research.

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  1. Yoni K. Ashar et al. Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry Original Investigation, September 29, 2021 DOI: 1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.2669