Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Four-Visit Intervention Helps Back Pain Patients

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Four-Visit Intervention Helps Back Pain Patients

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HONOLULU -- A psychological intervention designed to help chronic back pain patients overcome fear of movement significantly reduced their activity limitations a year later, James E. Moore, Ph.D., said at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Interventions designed to get back-pain patients moving to combat deconditioning are becoming increasingly popular in pain clinics because a number of recent studies suggest that it is not only possible and safe, but very beneficial, Dr. Moore, director of the pain management program at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, said in an interview with this newspaper.

Dr. Moore's study of the four-visit intervention (two to a psychologist and two to a physical therapist) enrolled 119 chronic back pain patients who received the intervention and 121 patients who received usual care and served as controls.

During the first visit, participants met with the psychologist, discussed their fears about back pain and resuming normal activities, and set an exercise goal. …

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