CBT 'could alleviate chronic back pain'

Access to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could help treat people who are suffering from chronic pain, an expert in physiotherapy has said.

Recent research from the University of Warwick has revealed that using CBT to treat chronic back pain can have a significant effect on reducing patients' suffering.

Grahame Pope, associate professor and head of physiotherapy education at the University of Nottingham, said that the research demonstrated the need for further availability of CBT.

He said: "CBT is becoming more widely used because it provides the patient with access to a multi-provisional team who obviously pool all their skills and knowledge, allowing patients to manage their condition."

But the professor noted that the treatment is not something that is "universally available".

A study from the University of Carolina, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine earlier this month, found that chronic back pain is becoming a more significant problem in today's societies.

The number of sufferers has risen from around 3.9 per cent in 1992 to 10.2 per cent in 2006.

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