July 22, 2008
Trauma Related Chronic Pain Linked to PTSD
Patients with accident- or trauma-related chronic pain often have post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, University of Michigan researchers said.
However, what isn't clearly known, however, is how PTSD relates to mood disorders and pain severity in chronic pain patients.
The study found PTSD and depression were significantly correlated and both disorders were associated with perceived disability attributed to chronic pain.
The study authors concluded that increased attention to treating PTSD as a primary focus in the rehabilitation of patients with chronic pain and co-morbid depression is important when prior treatment efforts for pain and depression have not been successful.