Clinical Trial

Benefits of Exercise in Chronic Pain and PTSD

Study Description

Neurobiological and Psychological Benefits of Exercise in Chronic Pain and PTSD

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are creating a new generation of Veterans, including an increasing number of women Veterans, who present with comorbid PTSD and chronic pain conditions from recent deployment-related physical injuries and exposure to psychological trauma. Health behavior change has become increasingly important in treating these conditions and proactively preventing long-term negative health sequelae, in order to benefit these Veterans directly and reduce the growing challenges to our healthcare system. The proposed CDA-2 program of research will use an innovative translational research approach to study whether a chronic progressive -based exercise program will reduce chronic pain in patients with PTSD and to elucidate and modify potential PTSD-related deficiencies in neurobiological and psychological responses to exercise to optimize the physical and psychological benefits of exercise for these individuals.

Location

Locations Selected Location

Methods

No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Exercise Testing and Training

Each study group will perform a baseline maximum load exercise test which will inform the individualized exercise prescription for the participant. Based on a progressive methodology, the participant will engage in 12 weeks of exercise of their choice (walking, running, cycling or swimming) with the goal of working towards a maximum heart rate range of 80% between weeks 6 and 12 of the study.

Additional Information

Official Study Title

Neurobiological and Psychological Benefits of Exercise in Chronic Pain and PTSD

Clinical Trial ID

NCT03283163

ParticipAid ID

Xe0Z7b