The Interaction Between Chronic Pain and PTSD

AbstractPurpose of ReviewPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain often co-occur. Understanding the shared mechanisms, signs to identify PTSD, and treatment options is integral in allowing providers to better serve their patients.Recent FindingsIndividuals with comorbid PTSD and chronic pain report greater PTSD symptoms, pain, anxiety, depression, disability, and opioid use than those with only one of these conditions. There are several empirically supported therapies for chronic pain, and for PTSD, as well as pilot data for a treatment of comorbid pain and PTSD.SummaryThe purpose of this paper is to review and synthesize current literature investigating the interaction between chronic pain and PTSD, and provide treatment recommendations for providers treating patients with chronic pain and PTSD.
Source: Current Pain and Headache Reports - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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