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What the outdated understanding of pain is and how this model has led to ineffective treatment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
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The Descartes model of pain, which states that pain is directly correlated with tissue damage, is outdated and incomplete.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.