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 Pain Self-Management Articles

Women are at a greater risk than men of developing a chronic pain condition. These stats provide insights as to why.

Women's pain is often misjudged among the healthcare population. These statistics show exactly how.

CRPS/RSD charity shares an infographic on use of spoons to communicate invisible, chronic illness

Communicating invisible chronic pain to loved ones and coworkers is not easy. Spoon Theory supporters (aka, Spoonies) may find help with this infographic.

The rate of chronic pain among US veterans remains high, but many treatment approaches are available.

While chronic pain is common among veterans, here's five things you may not know about veterans with this condition.

Losing weight can be very difficult when you suffer from chronic pain. Making a few slight changes to your routine, however, may help prevent your condition from worsening.

Patients who are overweight may be able to prevent chronic pain from worsening by maintaining their weight.

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.

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