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Veterans and the Triad of Chronic Pain

There is a high rate of musculoskeletal pain in veterans, according to recent surveys. Medical discharge statistics support this finding, and it appears that musculoskeletal problems are the most common reason for a medical discharge. Unfortunately, those veterans seeking treatment are likely to have high rates of comorbid emotional problems, similar to civilian populations, but with the potential for particularly high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol problems. Developments in the US military have involved adapting interdisciplinary chronic pain programs for military settings. Staff training around veterans’ issues is essential, and appropriate provision and support for the treatment of comorbid PTSD and alcohol problems is required to avoid treatment failure.

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