What is the role of CBT in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Updated: Jun 20, 2018
  • Author: Gaurav Gupta, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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A prospective, randomized, single-blinded trial of cognitive behavioral therapy was conducted, together with physical therapy of different intensities, in both children and adults, and resulted in a long-lasting reduction of all symptoms in both arms. [163] Additionally, fear of reinjury from moving the affected limb is thought to be a possible predictor of chronic disability. Thus, in a small group of patients, graded exposure therapy was found to successfully reduce pain-related fear, pain intensity, and disability. [164]


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