Dr. Allan Basbaum, a world renowned researcher who studies the fundamental mechanisms that contribute to the development of chronic pain, discusses the different types of chronic pain and the recent breakthroughs that may hold promise for potential new treatment strategies.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain and nearly half have trouble finding adequate relief. Developing new approaches to treat chronic pain is very difficult since pain is a subjective experience. But there is hope on the horizon. For example, in 2015. researchers found evidence of neuroinflammation in the brains of patients with chronic pain. This advancement can help researchers study the presence or intensity of pain in an objective manner.