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Back discomfort is a common problem for many individuals due to poor posture, prolonged periods of sitting at work, and frequent stressful movements. Fitness and strength therapy can help some people, but Goethe University Frankfurt researchers have found that individualized treatment in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy can increase success rates by 84% relative to generic treatments.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is effective back pain management

The meta-analysis comprised data from 58 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of more than 10,000 individuals with chronic lower back pain. The study team selected information pertinent to the subject from the original papers and group-tested it. By analyzing differences in outcomes, they contrasted conventional treatment to individualized care during the evaluation process to determine the degree to which the latter is helpful.

In this instance, individualized care included one-on-one coaching that considered the patient’s particular needs. Additionally, the patients actively participated in developing the kind of therapy experiences they wanted.

They continued by assessing a third category of treatment approaches besides the conventional and tailored ones. In order to assist patients in effectively managing pain by lowering negative attitudes about it, this group paired CBT with the personalized strategy. It is meant to remind patients that they may interpret their situation differently and that they are not helpless.

Individualized care for back pain resulted in stronger effects 

Researchers found that in the first parts of the study, personalized care led to stronger effects on individuals with chronic back pain than conventional interventions, with a 38% success rate. Lead study author Dr. Johannes Flenkenstein from Goethe University Frankfurt’s Institute of Sports Sciences said the high effort needed for personalized treatment is worthwhile is important because it produces a clinically important benefit. 

However, when CBT was included success rate for attaining pain relief increased to 84% compared to standard pain management approaches. Although these therapies are not profitable relative to pharmaceuticals, considering a therapeutic approach for pain therapy can help the healthcare sector save money with time.