Multiple chronic pain conditions have shown altered structure, function, and chemistry within the human brain. These effects may be either a consequence of having chronic pain, or actual causal factors that drive pain symptoms. In this presentation I will explore recent data examining neurobiological correlates of chronic pain and discuss the implications of these findings for clinical care. The three learning objectives for this talk are: 1. To understand what functional, structural, and chemical imaging techniques can tell us about chronic pain pathology. 2. To understand that multiple chronic pain disorders share overlapping brain pathology. 3. To explore the ramifications of how brain physiology can impact the development of new treatments and
ultimately improve patient care.
Department of Psychology University of Michigan
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