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2022 Jul 09

Mil Med

Management of Chronic Pain and PTSD in Veterans With tDCS+Prolonged Exposure: A Pilot Study.


Hernandez-Tejada MA, Cherry KE, Rauch SAM, Acierno R, Fries GR, Muzzy W, Teng EJ, Wangelin B, Ahn H
Mil Med. 2022 Jul 09.
PMID: 35808998.


Chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are prevalent comorbid conditions, particularly in Veterans; however, there are few integrated treatments for chronic pain and PTSD. Instead, interventions are typically implemented separately and may involve addictive opioids. Although there are highly effective, non-pharmacological treatments for PTSD, they are plagued by high dropout, which may be exacerbated by comorbid pain, as these PTSD treatments typically require increased activity. Importantly, a noninvasive pain treatment, tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) shows indications of effectiveness and may be integrated with psychological treatments, even when delivered via telehealth. This study examines the feasibility and initial efficacy of integrating home telehealth tDCS with prolonged exposure (PE), an evidence-based PTSD treatment.