New Study on the Effect of PRT for Chronic Back Pain
In a new randomized clinical trial published by four members of Curable's Scientific Advisory Board, there was one huge takeaway for people with chronic pain: there is hope for lasting relief.
The study was designed to measure the outcomes of treating chronic back pain patients with Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). It was published in JAMA Psychiatry, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association.
Results of the study show:
66% of participants in the PRT group were pain-free or nearly pain-free at post-treatment (vs. 20% in the placebo group, 10% in the usual standard of care group)
Gains were largely maintained at a 1-year follow-up
MRI results showed noticeable changes in the brain's response to pain in the PRT group relative to the other groups
Alan is the Founder & Director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles. He is a founding member of Curable's Scientific Advisory Board, an adjunct assistant professor at USC, and just completed a groundbreaking neuroimaging study on the treatment of chronic pain.
Alon has a degree in neuroscience and was awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in Biology from UCLA. He is the author of "Breeding Between the Lines" and has appeared on BBC London News, NPR and BBC Radio.
Common Conditions That Pain Reprocessing Therapy is Used For
The 2021 published JAMA study was focused on chronic back pain. Here are other common conditions of people who use PRT and the Curable app for relief.
IBS/Chronic GI Issues
Any symptom lasting 6+ months with no obvious sign of tissue damage
The New Book About PRT
The Way Out: A Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven Approach to Healing Chronic Pain
by Alan Gordon, LCSW, and Alon Ziv
The Way Out gives readers a deep dive into Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), a system of psychological techniques designed to rewire the brain and break the cycle of chronic pain. The exercises on this page were created exclusively for Curable users by the authors themselves to help share real-world applications of PRT. Buy it here >