See also the complete article index, sitemap or home page.
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 1.2 million pages/month. I try to make it friendlier than the institutional health care sites, but more scholarly and detailed than most health blogs.
PainScience.com is …
- 238 featured articles about common pain problems, how pain works, and reviews of treatments and therapies. Many of these are “best of breed” articles that I’ve been updating constantly for many years.
- 9 book-length tutorials about some of the most maddeningly stubborn pain problems and injuries (like neck pain or iliotibial band syndrome). I sell these for $20 each to fund the site without ads.
- 778 smaller blog posts about interesting (and weird) stuff I come across while I am updating the big articles.
- 2500+ scientific paper citations in a curated bibliography, about 500 of them described more thoroughly.
What makes PainScience.com different and better?
- clean design, clear writing
- zero advertising
- more detail on many topics than anywhere else
- no flaky bullshit, an openly pro-science bias
- thousands of footnotes that popup in place1My footnotes contain either extra commentary and whimsical asides, or citations to science and other sources, like this:
Woolf CJ. Central sensitization: Implications for the diagnosis and treatment of pain. Pain. 2010 Oct;152(2 Suppl):S2–15. PubMed #20961685. ❐ PainSci #54851. ❐
- constantly updated with fresh science2Detailed update logs (like Wikipedia) mean readers can easily see what’s new (or corrected). These logs demonstrate a long-term commitment to quality and accuracy. (Although they are “fine print,” I think they are more meaningful than 98% of the comments that most Internet pages waste pixels on.) See the What’s New on PainScience.com? page for all updates around the site going back many months.
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, ~57,600 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.
More about PainScience.com
- I have a reading guide just for card-carrying skeptics — an important audience for me.
- Why am I so “negative”? Critical of things? 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).
- How does PainScience.com work? Take a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the quirky tech used here.
- PainScience.com does not host comments, because reasons.
- So what’s with the salamander anyway? He’s more mascot than logo, a symbol of regeneration and 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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