Advances Against Chronic Pain

New research offers hope for chronic pain sufferers.

Man massaging elbow in pain

Currently, "pain treatment occupies about 10 percent of all healthcare expenditures but receives about 1 percent of research funding," says Roger Fillingim, a professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and president of the American Pain Society, a professional group. Transformational change in diagnosis and treatment of pain will require a greater national commitment, the experts say. In the end, the financial investment could pay off in major savings across the healthcare system if researchers resolve one of the most intractable and pervasive problems that still challenge doctors and their patients.