Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Surgery versus intensive rehabilitation programmes for chronic low back pain

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1220

Rapid Response:

Lower Back Pain and History of Childhood Sexual Trauma

In consulting with a lower pain back program in Dallas, we found that
80% of patients with persistent, chronic lower back pain had experienced
sexual abuse as a child. Their recovery rates improved dramatically after
participating in specialized sexual trauma therapy groups. The theory we
developed was childhood trauma created additional treatment issues
revolving around the powerlessness involved in lower back pain that needed
to be addressed before benifitting from traditional rehabilitation

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 May 2005
Robert J. Powitzky, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Oklahoma City, OK73112