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Chronic Non Cancer Pain and PTSD

Chronic Non Cancer Pain and PTSD

via Zoom

Survivors of trauma, who present with post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSD), often also present with chronic pain and general body discomfort in the form of headaches, body aches and pains, and muscle tension, without a medical diagnosis or apparent physical cause. In this presentation, Associate Professor Anthony Richardson will explore chronic non cancer pain and PTSD. He will define chronic pain and discuss different types of chronic pain, behaviours, beliefs and emotional responses associated with chronic pain, as well as critically evaluate the medical and psychological treatment of chronic pain. He will further elaborate on the cause of chronic pain in trauma survivors who present with PTSD, and will give some practical strategies for clinicians to assist survivors of trauma in managing their chronic pain.