Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Pain Sufferers

Psychological treatments can be combined with conventional methods to reduce pain.

Pain is typically the sign of a broken body part. But often it has a life of its own — flaring up when you least expect it, spreading to other areas and even persisting once the offending source is fully healed. In the end, it’s in your head. Which means pain can play mind games with you — but also that you can fight back once you know its tricks.

A new view

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of several arrows in your quiver that can help you outsmart persistent pain. Researchers have dramatically shown that CBT can be as effective in treating chronic lower back pain as lumbar spinal fusion, a major surgical procedure. More…