Impersonation alert: Someone has been sending rude notes in my name to some of my colleagues. They only appear to come from my actual email address. They are obviously intended to make me look more rude than I actually am. If you have received such a note, please contact me. ~ Paul Ingraham
I study the science of aches and pains — mostly musculoskeletal stuff, which is often surprisingly weird and interesting — and translate it for patients and professionals, about 25,000 of you every day. I try to make it much friendlier than an institutional health care site, and yet more scholarly than most health blogs. I put emphasis on self-help for the patient, empowerment through education, but many professionals come here too — because everyone appreciates clear, simple language about complex problems.
PainScience.com is now far more popular than I ever dreamed of when I started more than ten years ago: a huge wiki-like library of hundreds of evolving articles, plus several really big tutorials about maddeningly stubborn pain problems like neck pain or iliotibial band syndrome. I maintain a giant database of pain science studies (with hundreds of plain English summaries), and I blog about a lot of funny and odd items as I go. See the home page for more ideas about where to start.
I am a science writer in Vancouver, Canada. Readers often mistake me for an “expert,” but no: I am just a writer, well-acquainted with the work of the real experts. I was also a Registered Massage Therapist for a decade; I had a successful practice in downtown Vancouver specializing in difficult chronic pain cases. I have been the assistant editor for Science-Based Medicine since 2009, and I am just about done a (long-procrastinated) Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. I am middle-aged runner and ultimate player with lots of experience of athletic injury and chronic pain. Full bio.
I make my living from the sale of educational e-books, and have since about 2010. The self-publishing success story is of interest to many readers. Support PainScience.com by buying some books, or please donate by linking if you have a blog. Sincere links are what keeps it all going.