UK medicines watchdog recommends physical and psychological therapies when treating pain with no known cause


The Guardian has reported on a significant change to guidelines for pain treatment from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which say that doctors “should advise sufferers to use physical and psychological therapies rather than analgesics to manage their pain”.

There is “little or no evidence” that treating the condition with painkillers makes any difference to the person’s quality of life, or the pain they suffer or their psychological distress, according to its new guidelines on the assessment and management of chronic pain.

More evidence of the effectiveness of EEG neurofeedback is required before NICE can consider an endorsement for this treatment option. Exsurgo has recently completed a proof-of-concept trial in the UK and is commencing a much larger clinical trial in New Zealand from mid-2021.

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