Stress-related, posttraumatic chronic pain syndrome: behavioral treatment approach

Pain. 1986 Jun;25(3):389-394. doi: 10.1016/0304-3959(86)90243-5.


Chronic pain syndromes are often the result of traumatic injury. The life threatening nature of a substantial number of these traumata precipitates the development of posttraumatic stress disorder in a sizable percentage of accident incurred chronic pain conditions. The present study presents evidence that systematic desensitization, a behavioral technique, can provide significant resolution of posttraumatic stress when this disorder occurs in the chronic pain population.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Back Pain / therapy
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Desensitization, Psychologic / methods
  • Female
  • Headache / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / psychology
  • Pain Management*
  • Sick Role
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*