Medication & Treatment

Thinking about Chronic Pain as a Disease

Author| Ben Bobrow, MD

Physicians are often puzzled when pain continues on, sometimes long after the underlying cause (say an injury) goes away. More and more, forward-thinking physicians are viewing chronic pain not simply as a symptom, but rather as its own unique disease.  Dr. Elliot Krane, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Stanford University, recently discussed in a TED Talk and with National Public Radio some possibilities as to why it makes sense for us to begin thinking of chronic pain as a disease in order to be more successful in helping people.