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Pain: Hope Through Research This publication provides in-depth information about pain and its causes. In addition to discussing a number of common pain syndromes—including back pain, central pain syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and headache—the brochure offers an overview of how pain is diagnosed and provides an alphabetized listing of common forms of treatment. The publication also explores the effects of gender, aging, anatomy, and other factors in those with painful conditions.
Also discussed in the brochure is NINDS-funded research that is aimed at increasing our scientific understanding of chronic pain and developing better methods of therapy. An appendix provides a description and diagram of the spine and the four regions of the vertebrae. Also provided in the appendix is a discussion of phantom pain and an overview of the peripheral nervous system, including the names of the cranial nerves. A list of sources of additional information is included as well.