What is the role of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the management of low back pain (LBP)?

Updated: Aug 22, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to modify maladaptive responses to chronic pain. There is evidence that behavioral therapy can improve short-term pain and functional outcomes compared with those receiving no treatment. Behavioral treatments seemed to have similar outcomes to exercise when they were directly compared. [59, 106]


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