How do 10 years of follow-up help in chronic muscle pain ?
May 10, 2016
Chronic pain is a burden. It is much more difficult to treat than acute pain, as it often involves anatomical, psycho-emotional and even socio-economical aspects.
This study investigates 2 programs - including 1 control - targeting patient with persistent pain.
The outcome is that after initial improvements observed right after the treatment, and at a 2 year follow-up, we can’t find a significant difference after 10 years.
This is actually a good thing, and shows that 2 years of maintenance are enough to get the best out of the treatment. The patient has basically learned how to deal with his former chronic condition, and is ready to deal with it on his own.
Source : Emilson, C., Demmelmaier, I., Bergman, S., Lindberg, P., Denison, E., & Åsenlöf, P. (2016). A 10-year follow-up of tailored behavioural treatment and exercise-based physiotherapy for persistent musculoskeletal pain. Clinical rehabilitation.