Study suggests psychotherapy beneficial for post-surgical pain

Jul 18, 2018, 09:27 AM by Joel Tiller
A study led by HEI's Jason Busse suggests that psychotherapy is effective in reducing persistent pain and physical impairment.

Psychotherapy for surgical patients is effective for reducing persistent pain and physical impairment, while simply providing education has no effect, suggests a study led by McMaster University researchers.

Persistent post-surgical pain affects between 10 to 80 per cent of patients after common operations. In addition, surgical patients with psychological factors such as depression or anxiety are more likely to develop chronic pain.

The researchers found that cognitive behavioural therapy or relaxation therapy, on average, reduced ongoing pain and physical impairment by 10 per cent, but education had no effect.

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