Patients recovering from back surgery often struggle with pain and anxiety, but new research shows that music therapy may help ease their discomfort.
Medication is commonly used to manage pain for people who've had surgery to treat a spinal problem.
For the new study, researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City provided 30 patients who'd had spinal fusion surgery with a 30-minute music therapy session within 72 hours of their operation. The therapy included singing, rhythmic drumming and live music. It helped patients relax and eased their tension, the researchers said, adding that the therapy was used in combination with standard care.
Another group of 30 spine surgery patients received only standard care after their procedure and didn't receive music therapy.
All of the patients in the study were between 40 and 55 years old.
"This study is unique in its quest to integrate music therapy in medicine to treat post-surgical pain," lead author John Mondanaro, clinical director of The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy, said in a Mount Sinai news release.