The Evaluation and Treatment of Comorbid Pain and PTSD in a Military Setting: An Overview

  • Don McGeary
  • Mysti Moore
  • Catherine A. Vriend
  • Alan L. Peterson
  • Robert J. GatchelEmail author


The present article reviews the growing prevalence of comorbid pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the military. This has been caused by the ongoing military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, where new combat conditions/strategies are causing these comorbid conditions. Fortunately, comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment programs, originally developed for a civilian population and in academic settings, are being successfully “translated” or utilized in the military environment. Recent data demonstrating this translational clinical intervention are presented. Finally, challenges encountered when translating these interventions in a military environment are also discussed.


Comorbidity Functional restoration Pain Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Disability 



The writing of this manuscript was supported in part by grants from the Department of Defense’s Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (Award DAMD17-03-1-0055), and the Psychological Health and Brain Injury Research Program, as administered through the STRONGSTAR Consortium (Award W81XWH-08-2-113).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Don McGeary
    • 1
  • Mysti Moore
    • 2
  • Catherine A. Vriend
    • 3
  • Alan L. Peterson
    • 4
  • Robert J. Gatchel
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Clinical Health Psychology ServiceWilford Hall Medical CenterSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, College of ScienceThe University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Clinical Health Psychology, Department of Behavioral MedicineBrooke Army Medical CenterSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.School of Medicine, PsychiatryUT Health Science Center San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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