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Chronic Pain, Central Sensitization and Physical Therapy

Chronic pain is a condition in the nervous system where a light switch seemingly got turned on and never got turned off. Patients initially experience pain because of some type of injury that has occurred (i.e. a noxious stimuli). This is nature’s way of helping us protect ourselves from further injury. The pain typically stops once the noxious stimuli has discontinued and enough time has passed for the injury to heal itself. Chronic pain occurs when patients continue to experience pain even though the noxious stimuli has stopped and the injury has healed with time. Read more.

Shining a Light on Chronic Pain

A recent study from researchers at CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway, explores the use of optogenetics as a method to relieve chronic pain. Optogenetics uses genetically-encoded proteins that change position and shape in the presence of light to turn brain cells on or off. Read more.

 

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