Chronic Pain: Why Nothing has Worked Yet and What Does Lesson 1

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In Lesson 1, you will learn:

  • Just how big the pain problem is and why it has become an epidemic  
  • What the outdated understanding of pain is and how this model has led to ineffective treatment
  • A new understanding of pain. Meet: primary and secondary pain
  • How this new understanding of pain changes everything for people living with chronic pain

Key Takeaways:

  • Pain is an epidemic. Approximately 1 in 4 people (20-25% of the population) live with some form of chronic pain;  that’s more than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined.
  • The Descartes model of pain, which states that pain is directly correlated with tissue damage, is outdated and incomplete.
  • A new understanding of pain identifies two types of pain: secondary and primary.  Secondary pain is secondary to a medical condition such as tissue damage. Primary pain, a new diagnostic category of pain, is generated by the brain, often without the presence of any other medical condition.
  • This new understanding of pain requires an urgent transformation in pain treatment.
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