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Back and Neck Pain

Your mind can be trained to control chronic pain.

Author| Meghana Keshavan

STATNews Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine

May 30, 2017

Pain management is a philosophy that dates back decades, to the 1970s or even earlier. It fell out of vogue when new generations of potent pain pills came on the market; they were cheaper, worked faster, felt more modern.

But the opioid epidemic has soured many patients and doctors on the quick fix. And interest is again surging in a treatment method called biopsychosocial pain management, which trains patients to manage chronic pain with tools ranging from physical therapy to biofeedback to meditation.