Published by Pain Medicine News

London—Switching attention from pharmacologic treatment to behavioral approaches may be helpful in managing chronic pain, according to a speaker at the 2016 European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual European Congress of Rheumatology.

Recent evidence suggests that it is important for patients with chronic pain to continue to engage in daily activities, rather than retreat from them due to pain.

“Of course, it is important to decrease suffering from pain, since that is the most important thing from the patient’s perspective. But we have not been successful enough with this focus, and we may have reinforced pain behaviors. The assumption is that when you are in pain, it is necessary to decrease pain in order to engage in daily activities,” said Pernilla Äsenlöf, PhD, a specialist in physiotherapy in the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University, in Sweden.

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