• Your cranky nerves: A primer for patients to understand pain

    Audience: Patients with any type of pain or injury Purpose: to learn a little about pain and convince you that pain is not in your head even though your brain plays a big role Why? Understanding pain helps decrease pain and helps us make better choices in the treatment of injury Some brief pain information tidbits you don't need a leg to feel pain in that leg (e.g. phantom limb pain) you always need a Brain to feel pain pain can become a habit - and like all habits lots of factors help keep it going Changes in how we feel pain can also come from changes in the brain and the nervous system tissue damage or degeneration does not have to lead to pain - but it certainly can

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