Research Updates

Psychological treatment reduces post-surgical pain

RTWMatters team

Patients feel less acute, post-surgical pain when they take part in a psychological intervention (e.g. CBT).

Take home messages Psychological interventions can reduce pain and pain-related disability after surgery. Multiple studies attest to the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); other psychological therapies may also be effective. Provisionally, it appears that CBT delivered individually may be more effective than CBT delivered in group settings. It also appears that CBT soon after surgery may be more effective tha...

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