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

By changing the way you see and respond to pain you can retrain your brain to help reduce it.


Some chronic pain is triggered by the brain misreading "pain" signals. Here's how Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) can help break the pain-fear cycle.

A new visual art and public awareness initiative not only gives a face to chronic pain but also aims to remove the stigma around this complex disease.

A new public awareness campaign from the American Chronic Pain Association and BioDelivery Sciences International not only gives a face to chronic pain through digital body art but also aims to remove the stigma around these complex conditions. This is Pain.

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.