8 approaches for managing chronic pain

The increasing prevalence of the linked problems of chronic pain and opioid abuse has been described as an epidemic.

This is partly due to a lack of understanding of how chronic pain differs from the acute kind, according to a pain specialist from the University of Michigan.

Writing in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr Jill Schneiderhan and colleagues note that the risk of a patient transitioning from acute to chronic pain is increased with a previous history of chronic pain elsewhere in the body.

Underlying stress or psychological comorbidities are also