Does catastrophising link PTSD and chronic pain?

The two conditions are often found together, researchers say

Pain catastrophising affects the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and chronic pain, according to a new study.

Silhouette of young woman in pain

To investigate whether catastrophising might affect the relationship between pain and PTSD, the authors looked at more than 200 patients starting an interdisciplinary pain-rehabilitation program who reported various forms of trauma exposure.

At program admission, all patients had completed a battery of validated measures of pain severity, pain interference, pain catastrophising, depressive symptoms and