LISTENING SKILLS AS IMPORTANT AS TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN…

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According to a recent article in Medical News Today Alberta physical therapy PhD graduate Jorge Fuentes has found that if a physiotherapist interacts with a patient verbally, through eye contact, body language and listening skills, it is almost as important as the treatment itself.

“The way we are applying treatment today is not the best approach,” Fuentes says. “That might be the reason physical therapy interventions have such a modest effect for patients with chronic conditions. The therapeutic context, in which the interventions are delivered, matters. We have to take these non-specific factors into consideration.”

A study of 117 patients with chronic low back pain split into four groups showed that Fuentes found that patients with enhanced interaction and real electrotherapy reported a three-point reduction in pain intensity on a 10-point scale, along with a two-kilogram increase in their pain thresholds – results he said that are considered clinically significant.

Fuentes says his findings, which he recently presented to strong feedback at the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Conference, are just the first step in understanding the importance of non-specific factors and optimizing treatment for patients.

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12 thoughts on “LISTENING SKILLS AS IMPORTANT AS TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN…

    • I couldn’t agree more – over the years I’ve seen many different medical professionals and some you can tell just don’t click with you or listen to you properly. 🙂

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  1. Listening in itself can have a sense of healing :yes: Somehow our culture has divorced the physical from the mental, emotional and spiritual – but most of the world knows that they all interact with each other.

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    • That’s soooooooo true gilly, like I just said to Bushka, I’m definitely a good listener which I guess has come from all my years of talking to professionals about my pains and seeing how some don’t really listen to you at all. 🙂

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  2. Listening is a very important skill. We pick up such a lot from face to face contact with another person. One thing which is immediately clear is if someone is not really listening. :yes:

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    • Absolutely liz, I’ve definitely been looked after by some who have really no idea what I am talking about but I have been very lucky as mostly I’ve had really nice attentive medical professionals dealing with me.

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