Calming the Storm: Adding PTSD Treatment to Your Pain Practice
As many as half of patients with chronic pain may also experience trauma symptoms. The presence of active trauma symptoms—mood swings, nightmares, social avoidance, etc—can not only impact a patient’s pain experience, but can limit the effectiveness of pain treatments or therapies if not specifically addressed and treated. There is an inherent need for pain practitioners to develop strategies to both assess for active trauma symptoms or the presence of PTSD and to provide effective avenues for treatment. The recent COVID-19 pandemic seems to have increased the prevalence of mental health disorders, creating an even greater need to adequately assess and treat trauma symptoms. This course will present screening tools and review typical signs and symptoms of PTSD to help with assessment. We’ll review the treatments to diminish the presence of active trauma symptoms, including how to use resources in the community and potentially build them within an existing pain practice. The remainder of this course will review the structure and outcomes of a novel interdisciplinary program created by my practice to specifically treat PTSD.
- Identify screening methods and tools to help effectively assess for the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder in a chronic pain population
- Articulate three different clinical scenarios where chronic pain can be associated with trauma symptoms or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Review at least three different types of treatments to diminish trauma symptoms in patients with chronic pain
MD Medical Director
Integrated Pain Management
Los Gatos and Capitola, California
- 1.00 AANP Contact Hours
- 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
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