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Open Access OldPain2Go® a novel intervention for people with chronic low back pain: a feasibility study

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Objectives: This feasibility study aimed to inform the development of a protocol for a single-blind randomised controlled trial (RCT) investigating the efficacy of OldPain2Go® for the treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP). Design: Single arm feasibility study. Setting: One private physiotherapy practice. Participants: Twenty two individuals with CLBP were recruited and 15 completed the study providing full data sets (11 female, 4 male, mean age 49.3, range 18-71 years). Intervention OldPain2Go®, a novel talking therapy for pain. Participants received up to two individual treatment sessions with one therapist. Main Outcome Measures: Pain (0-10 pain Numerical Rating Scale) and function (Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire, 0-24, higher score indicates poorer levels of function), measured before and after all sessions and at 3-week follow-up. Results: The study recruited to target, only one participant withdrew from the study (unrelated to the study) and there were no adverse events/reactions attributed to the intervention. Of 15 participants, five received one treatment session and 10 received two sessions. Improvements in pain and function were seen in all those who completed the study with average improvements above the pre-set minimal clinically important change. Conclusions: Important methodological information was obtained, which will inform a future large-scale RCT of this intervention. As this was a feasibility study no claims about efficacy can be made. Future research to investigate the efficacy of this intervention is warranted. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials. gov Identifier: NCT03804567

Contribution of paper

• OldPain2Go® is a new treatment for chronic pain which is growing in popularity but there is no scientific literature on its safety or efficacy.

•A large scale RCT of the efficacy and effectiveness of OldPain2Go® as an intervention for people with CLBP is warranted


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Rehabilitation, School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University 2: Norton Physiotherapy Centre, 317 Norton Rd, Cleveland Ave, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees TS20 2PT UK 3: School of Psychology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University

Publication date: June 1, 2023

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  • Pain and Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed, Bi-annual journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association and special interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The journal comprises a range of different articles types from orignial articles to systematic reviews and letters around the topic of pain and rehabilitation. The journal is multidisciplinary in its focus and welcomes submissions from all professionals working in this multidisciplinary field. the abstract of all articles will be freely avilable online. Full text articles are available free online to members of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, and access to individual PDF articles can be purchased by non members.
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