VA Researching Dual Treatment for Veterans with Chronic Pain and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a leading organization involved in research and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In many of their research efforts doctors and psychologists have found that disabled veterans who suffer from PTSD often also suffer from chronic pain.
Treatment approaches for these 2 disabling conditions have normally been isolated, but recent studies have shown that a new treatment method that targets the symptoms of PTSD and chronic pain is showing great success. An integrated behavioral treatment is being evaluated by the VA that involves only 6 outpatient treatment sessions, within a span of 3 weeks.
A serious concern among many disabled veterans seeking relief from the symptoms of PTSD or chronic pain is the risk of developing issues with substance abuse. Pain killers are often prescribed for the chronic pain, and many of those who suffer from PTSD choose alcohol to self-medicate in times of anxiety or stress.
One of the ways a disabled veteran can seek help with their service-related disabilities is to apply for veterans’ disability benefits. Once approved for benefits, you can access services through the VA health care system that can help you manage your PTSD and chronic pain with the various support resources offered in your area.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.