What are future directions for therapeutic injections in pain management?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Anthony H Wheeler, MD; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Solutions to pain disorders will stem from continued human and animal studies, which further define the biochemical and neurophysiological factors that influence these disorders. Of all medical specialists, neurologists may be best suited to analyze the complex physical and nonphysical components of chronic pain. Biochemical solutions in the chronic illness model also may make the neurologist best suited to adapt new treatments; however, further training in psychology and human behavior may be required in neurology residency programs if the specialty is to establish a prominent role in the management of these disorders. The future of pain management and research resides in multidisciplinary departments dedicated to the cross-section of knowledge and treatment disciplines required to manage pain disorders. As in all cases of human disease, the treatment of pain disorders will become more effective on the basis of results of future clinical research and vigorous outcome studies.


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