Mechanisms of Psychosocial Chronic Pain Treatments
Psychosocial interventions are attractive options for treating chronic low back pain, and many approaches now have strong support for efficacy. However, few empirical data address whether psychosocial pain treatments work because of mechanisms specified by theory, and thus we know very little about how our treatments work. To address this question, we will enroll people with chronic low back pain to receive cognitive therapy, mindfulness training, behavior therapy or treatment as usual in order to test how these approaches decrease pain, improve mood and increase physical function.
In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:
- Have low back pain for at least 6 months.
You will be excluded from the study if any of the following criteria apply to you:
- Have pain due to malignant conditions (e.g., cancer, rheumatoid arthritis), fibromyalgia or complex regional pain syndrome.
This is a partial list of inclusion and exclusion criteria.