New App Review: Curable

Curable is a company devoted to the treatment of chronic pain. As chronic pain effects approximately 20% of Americans in a given year, any advance in its treatment would be a major cause for celebration.

Curable takes a “biopsychosocial” approach to pain. On this approach, recurring pain is taken to be explained by – and treated by – the mechanisms of the brain itself, rather than damage to the body. While this approach emphatically does not say that pain is something that is “made up,” it does say that pain is amenable to talk therapeutic interventions.

Towards that end, the Curable app provides a character named Clara, who talks the user through the biopsychosocial approach to pain:

Full access to the program demands a subscription, which currently costs $7.99 a month, billed annually.

The potential impact of this app is vast. In an era when many are concerned about the overprescription of opioids, Curable offers an intervention for pain that involves no medications, and which is supported by an impressive range of testimonials. It would be beneficial to see more research on this app, as well as mind-body approaches to pain such as that of Dr. John Sarno, but for now the app promises at least to be an important new resource that deserves the attention of anyone interested in technology, the treatment of chronic pain, and their intersection.

Note: The contents of this post are for informational purposes only. This is not professional medical advice and it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a physician with any questions that you have about a medical condition, including a mental health condition. If you think you are in a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency services number immediately.

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