Psychological Treatments

  • Isaac Cohen


Pain is a multidimensional sensory-perceptual phenomenon. Psychological treatments address the cognitive, emotional, and social elements of the pain experience to mitigate suffering and improve functioning. The doctor-patient relationship establishes rapport and provides the setting for psychological therapy. Cognitive therapy enables patients to identify, challenge, and replace erroneous or unhelpful beliefs with more accurate and balanced beliefs. Behavioral therapy decreases pain behaviors, promotes wellness behaviors, and provides patients with useful coping strategies. A growing evidence base underscores the importance of psychosocial factors in determining outcomes of treatment and supports the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques to treat various pain conditions.


Biopsychosocial Fear avoidance Kinesiophobia Pain behaviors Cognitive restructuring Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) Transtheoretical model Motivational interviewing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isaac Cohen
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  1. 1.Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, Quinnipiac UniversityHamdenUSA

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