Getting across the chronic pain barrier

All pain has a psychological element, and the only people exempt from that truism, says Associate Professor Michael Nicholas of Sydney University’s Pain Management Research Institute, “are dead”.

If there’s one area of medicine where the physical and psychological nearly always collide, it’s in the realm of pain management. 

And for people with persistent pain, particularly those whose pain has gone on longer than six months, it’s one of those cruel ironies that the more intent a person is on finding some sort of external treatment to quell the pain, the more likely the pain is to not only endure, but to impede on their life.

“There are some people with ongoing pain that expect someone else to fix it, whether it’s through manipulation of that part of their body, or a pill or an injection or an operation, but most of those don’t work very well in the long term for chronic pain,”

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