Published by National Pain Report

An interesting study on back pain and the brain is underway at Stanford, to help researchers understand how pain psychology classes and health education classes may improve back pain. It’s part of a $4 million National Institutes of Health clinical trial.

Editor’s Note – I’ve suffered from low back pain for four decades and know well how when an episode of pain flares up it impacts my mood, not to mention my ability to function, so I find this study particularly interesting.

Stanford’s Beth Darnall PhD and Sean Mackey MD, PhD are leading the study which they aim to better understand and more effectively treat chronic pain.

231 people with chronic law back pain who have a self-reported negative pain mindset are being enrolled in the study and randomized to treatment. Some will undergo an eight-week Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors.