Recent Highlights

The Global Burden of Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Data Visualization
Conditions like low back pain and arthritis are among the most common conditions throughout the entire world and are making major contributions to years lived with disability.

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.

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.

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.