In 2019, the National Health Interview Survey found that 50.2 million American adults lived with chronic pain. And regular pain killers—like the ones you might take for a cut or a burn—aren’t very effective. Cutting-edge research has found out why. As it turns out, “chronic pain is not just a more enduring version of acute pain, it is fundamentally different in the brain,” notes UCSF neurologist Pravad Shirvalkar. His team has made discoveries that may revolutionize the understanding of treatment for chronic pain.

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