Understanding Pain Center

Pain is a complicated subject, so we've put together this Understanding Pain Center. Here, you'll find explanations of how our bodies send and interpret pain messages, as well a breakdown of the various types of chronic pain.

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Featured Understanding Pain Articles

For our second annual gift guide, we found 8 gifts we think will bring comfort and joy to friends and family living with chronic pain. Of course we consulted with Santa and our readers while compiling this collection of gift ideas that are practical, soothing, inspirational, indulgent, helpful and humorous.

PPM's annual gift guide: 8 great gifts for loved ones living with chronic pain.

Power outages. Downed trees. Evacuations. The devastating consequences of a natural disaster such as the recent hurricanes (Irma, Harvey, Maria) affect everyone, but the situation can be especially grim for individuals who regularly take prescription pain medications. If patients are unable to get their medications, the consequences can be serious.

Drug overdoses now surpass automobile accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the US. What can be done to keep our roads safer and protect our loved ones from unintentionally misusing their medication, putting them and others in harm’s way? Practical Pain Management recently spoke with Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, DAAPM, FCCP, FASHP and Pawan Grover, MD for their insight and tips. 

Learn what you can do to protect your loved ones and keep our roads safe from the growing problem of drugged driving.

Lack of sunlight isn't the only cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If you live with chronic pain, SAD should be on your radar since some small studies suggest a link.

Some studies suggest a link between seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and chronic Pain. Learn what you need to know.

Accurately measuring pain has been the subject of some debate ever since the American Medical Association recommended (in June 2016) that pain no longer be regarded as the "fifth vital sign". Here, a pain control specialist and the leader of a patient pain advocacy group share views on how to best measure a patient's pain.

Accurately assessing and describing pain can be a complicated task. Two experts agree new tools should be used to more objectively measure a patient's pain.

Almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States are attributable to opioid overdose—a major public health problem. Unfortunately there has been an alarming increase in the number of children who have come into contact with these dangerous medications and hospitalized for treatment. Learn how you can keep your little ones safe from accidental ingestion and your medication out of the hands of curious teenagers. Here, expert advice and practical tips to use now before it's too late.

A new report shows an alarming increase in hospitalizations for young children and teens due to accidental opioid poisoning. Learn how to keep your family safe from potentially dangerous medications in your home.