PainScience.com • Good advice for aches, pains & injuries

About PainScience.com

19 years of publishing science-based advice about aches, pains, and injuries

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The science of aches, pains, and injuries is surprisingly weird, controversial, and interesting. My job is to wrap my head around that science and translate it for both patients and pros, about 35,000 of you each day, viewing about 1.1 million pages/month. I try to make it friendlier than the institutional health care sites, but more scholarly and detailed than most health blogs. This is a full-time job, paid for with book sales and donations.

Head shot of author Paul Ingraham, handsome devil, tidy dark hair, thick eyebrows, and a short goatee, in a black suit jacket and a nice blue shirt.

Paul Ingraham
PainScience.com Publisher
Vancouver CANADA


778-968-0930

PainScience.com is …

The word count for all that is about 2 million in all, bigger than all the Game of Thrones novels. For ideas about where to start, see the home page or what’s new.

What makes PainScience.com different and better?

And who am I?

Me & my lovely wife.

I am a former Registered Massage Therapist for a decade, and the assistant editor of Science-Based Medicine from 2009–2016. I am an amateur athlete with lots of experience with my own injuries and, unfortunately, some serious chronic pain too. I grew up in the Canadian north, and I’ve lived in Vancouver since 2000, married for twenty years. Full bio, with more information about my qualifications in particular.

Follow the money

Most of the content on PainScience.com is free. Revenue comes from the sale of educational e-books exclusively, ~61,800 copies to date. I do not sell advertising. The self-publishing success story is of interest to many readers. Support PainScience.com by buying a book (for yourself or for someone else who needs it), making a donation, or just sharing a favourite article on social media or your own blog.

Q. Is “pain science” a treatment method (modality)?

A. No! But this is a common misconception. Pain science is a generic term for the scientific study of the phenomenon of pain. It is not linked to any branded method of treatment.more

Q. There’s a lot of debunking on PainScience.com. Why so “negative”?

A. I reject the premise of the question! Read about why I’m a debunker (and get a taste of some of my fabulous hate mail).

Q. So what’s with the salamander anyway?

A. He’s more mascot than logo, a symbol of regeneration and healing. Their regenerative superpower is an inspiring, profound example of what is possible in biology. Regenerative biology isn’t very relevant to most aches and pains and injuries, but that may change as the (over-hyped) stem cell therapies are refind and advanced. Read more.

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The salamander is a symbol of potent regeneration & healing.


Kind of like Wikipedia

A reader mentioned to me by email that the “problem” with PainScience.com is that “it’s exactly like this” — like getting lost in fascinating distractions in Wikipedia. A very generous comparison. I do try …
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