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Treating Chronic Pain

Treating Chronic Pain

Despite its unpleasantness, pain is an important and normal bodily response - it lets the brain know that something is wrong with the body. But when the sensation persists - when those neurological signals keep firing - even afterthe original injury has healed or the initial illness is gone, the result is chronic pain. Treatments can include traditional approaches like surgery or medication, but may also involve alternative therapies and relaxation techniques. Because the disorder is still poorly understood, patients may face a social stigma as well; some find that friends, family and employers doubt the severity of their impairment or think it's all in their heads. Join us this hour to learn more about the causes of and treatments for chronic pain.

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Laura is LPM's Director of Podcasts & Special Projects. Email Laura at lellis@lpm.org.