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1/11/21 Coping with Chronic Pain

According to a 2016 CDC study, an estimated 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain, and almost 20 million report that it limits their life and work activities in significant ways. Many medications exist for pain—from over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen to stronger prescription medications. For many people, these work well and are an important part of their treatment. But, for many others, they aren’t as effective, and their pain continues. But, according to our guest today, there may still be hope. Whether we’re talking about headaches or other chronic pain conditions, because of neuroplasticity, new research shows that certain non-pharmacological techniques—often falling under the umbrella of cognitive-behavioral therapy—can help desensitize the brain’s pain circuits. Host David B. Feldman interviews Dr. Rachel Zoffness, pain psychologist and author of The Pain Management Workbook and The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens.