It’s time to bring a wide-angle lens to understanding pain

Lauren Finestone

Taking a wide-angle view of pain — one that looks beyond the physical to encompass the psychological and the social — can help people live fuller, more satisfying lives.

We’ll all experience pain at some point in our lives. For some, it will be a symptom of an underlying condition. For many of us, it will be those everyday aches and pains like headaches, back pain and joint stiffness. But ‘everyday pain’ is not nothing. It can interfere with our work, relationships and overall well-being The biopsychosocial model of pain To effectively manage pain we need to widen the lens through which we loo...

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