After 26 weeks, the participants who received the additional therapies (either mindfulness training or CBT) reported greater improvements in back pain and general functioning than participants who received only the “usual” care.
My addendum: Most of us elderly people end up taking more and more pills as we age. But there is an emerging contrarian view among some doctors and scientists that asks whether seniors without signs of heart problems need to continue taking some of the standard meds, like those for blood pressure and cholesterol. A contrarian view often sounds good to me. This particular one also accords with the "less is more" mantra that appeals to me these days.
I recently wrote a five-part series of posts on why I have ended up takings only a few prescribed meds and over-the-counter vitamins and supplements. Click here for the fifth and final post in the series and you can work your way back to the earlier parts of the series.