Operant conditioning in the treatment of chronic pain

W. E. Fordyce, R. S. Fowler, J. F. Lehmann, B. J. Delateur, P. L. Sand, R. B. Trieschmann

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The concept of chronic pain is analyzed from a learning point of view, leading to a treatment program based on learning principles. Selected patients with chronic pain were treated by an operant conditioning program. Treatment was designed to reduce medication and interference in activities because of pain and to increase performance in exercises, walking and general activity level. The significant improvement in the patients treated has implications for diagnosis and treatment of some problems of chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-408
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1 1973
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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