Archive May 2019 XX, No. 5

Pain, Pain Go Away

4 advances in chronic pain treatment you'll be relieved to know about.

Mike Morsch

Mike Morsch, Associate Editor


Johns Hopkins Medicine
PROGNOSTICATORS Steven P. Cohen, MD, and residents deliver a prognostic injection to determine if radiofrequency ablation is suitable for a patient with lower back arthritis.

The pain response is a built-in warning system, nature’s way of protecting us from further harm. Chronic pain is more like nature’s nagging nuisance.

“It no longer serves a useful function,” says Steven P. Cohen, MD, chief of pain medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

“It’s not a warning system that something is wrong, it becomes the disease in and of itself.”

Pain management specialists have a growing list of options to treat chronic pain. Here’s a review.

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