Cognitive behavioral therapy results in reduced arthritis pain and insomnia

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A large number of aging patients in the United States who suffer from osteoarthritis also experience difficulty sleeping. Additionally, 60% of individuals with osteoarthritis report feeling pain during the night. According to a study published in the August 15 issue of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, older patients who suffer from osteoarthritis pain and sleeplessness experienced relief from symptoms after cognitive behavioral therapy. Specifically, patients with osteoarthritis reported sleeping an average of 21 minutes longer per night after receiving cognitive behavioral therapy. Additionally, those patients that received therapy for insomnia experienced significant reduction in arthritis pain compared to those in a control group. “These results further suggest that techniques to improve sleep, such as CBT-I, should be considered as additions to the various existing behavioral treatment programs for pain management in osteoarthritis, and possibly in other chronic pain conditions as well,” the authors wrote. Click here to read an article from DG News that discusses these findings more.

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