Detailed, evidence-based guides to common painful problems
& reviews of the (tragically flawed) treatment options

What works for stubborn aches, pains, and injuries?

And what doesn’t? And why? explores the surprisingly weird science of many kinds of chronic pain and injury, from fibromyalgia to runner’s knee. The site is a library of a couple deep-dive articles for both patients and healthcare professionals, informal but heavily referenced and constantly updated for 20 years. Like it says on the tin, there’s a pro-science bias here, and quackery is kicked to the curb. More.

Why the salamander? More mascot than logo, the salamander’s astonishing regenerative biology is a symbol of healing. More.

The basic newsletter is free: 6–12 posts per month, many of them short, about anything useful or neat for patients or pros. Browse the archives.

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What hurts? The most popular guides to specific conditions

What works? The most popular treatment reviews

Yes, but why? Articles about key concepts and principles of pain

The blog & newsletter: pain science news, highlights, and musings

The blog is the “director’s commentary” for the site.

What’s new? Article updates

A steady stream of content improvements and corrections are all logged, like on Wikipedia.

You’ve got a lot of reading to do! Sorry it’s all here on the computer …


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