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

Learn how pain becomes chronic and what you can do about it. Our experts explain the process of chronic pain to help you move forward.

What is chronic pain? Understanding chronic pain can help you manage it. Experts explain acute vs. chronic pain, the psychological effects of chronic pain & more.

By flipping the script on pain you can change the way you see it and retrain your brain to help reduce it. Learn more. 


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.