Recent Highlights

High-Impact Chronic Pain: A Data Visualization
Fifty-million of US adults have chronic pain and 20 million of US adults have high-impact chronic pain (HICP). Age, sex, education level, employment status, and poverty status are major contributors to HICP.

Ethnic Disparities in Pain: Is Unconscious Bias the Missing Link?
In this op-ed, Elisa Clemente, a graduate student and pain researcher at University College London, UK, discusses the problem of ethnic disparities in pain assessment, management and treatment.

Seeing Acupuncture in a Completely Different Light: A Conversation with Vitaly Napadow
In this exclusive RELIEF interview, neuroscientist and acupuncturist Vitaly Napadow discusses the evidence for a beneficial effect of acupuncture on pain and how this ancient technique might work.

Musculoskeletal Pain: It’s More Than What Happens in the Body
Researchers are increasingly recognizing the importance of multi-sensory integration, education and exercise for pain management.

“Pain Doesn’t Stay in a Lane” — The Many Factors That Contribute to Musculoskeletal Pain
In this RELIEF podcast, Dr. Steven George explains the biopsychosocial model of pain, how psychological aspects of pain can be incorporated into the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, the importance of pain education and self-management, and much more.

Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions: What Do They Share in Common, and What Are the Risk Factors?
Researchers are seeking to understand why chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular disorder and others tend to occur together.