The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a National Pain Strategy
Today’s release of the National Pain Strategy is exciting and welcome news. Pain severely impacts the quality of life for millions of people, their families and their broader community. Our current options for preventing and treating chronic pain pale in comparison to the burden of this formidable illness. While we are making progress toward better understanding of pain and the interventions that are most helpful in relieving pain, we have a long way to go.
Research advances have given us insight into how pain protects us from injuries. We have also learned some of the ways in which our own nervous systems can create neural networks that cause pain to persist beyond its protective role in a way that is no longer beneficial. The biological changes that contribute to this chronic and dysfunctional state are complex - and challenging - to study and treat. More Message »