2022 - Year in Review

Professor Manuela Ferreira, Lingxiao Chen and Emma Ho

Back pain managment shouldn’t neglect the mind

New research by a team from the Kolling Institute has found the best treatment for chronic low back pain doesn’t just focus on the physical,

It found a combination of physiotherapy alongside psychological interventions, like behavioural therapy and pain education, produced the best outcomes for physical function and pain intensity. The researchers said the results could help improve the clarity of guidelines to better support patients and clinicians in making treatment decisions. “Clinical guidelines recommend a combination of exercise and psychosocial therapies for managing chronic low back pain, however very little is actually known about the different types of psychological therapies available and their effectiveness,” Emma said.

“This often leaves doctors and patients unclear about the best choice of treatment. “This uncertainty motivated us to conduct the study and we are pleased to say we now have a clearer picture of the most effective psychological interventions for people with chronic low back pain. “Our in-depth analysis looked at a broad range of interventions such as counselling and cognitive programs, and we found behavioural therapy and pain education alongside traditional physiotherapy offered the best results and reduction in pain.”

but combines physiotherapy

treatments with those focusing on the mind. The study, involving Emma Ho, Professor Manuela Ferreira and Lingxiao Chen, analysed evidence from almost 100 trials worldwide involving over 13,000 patients.

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