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 30,000 of you each day, viewing about 1.1 million pages per month. 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 more than 230 featured articles, plus eight really big tutorials about maddeningly stubborn pain problems like neck pain or iliotibial band syndrome. I maintain a giant database of pain science studies (about 3000, and hundreds of those carefully “translated” for readers), and I blog about a lot of funny and odd items as I go. The whole thing is about 1,300,000 words in all — roughly the size of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books. 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 busy practice in downtown Vancouver specializing in chronic pain cases. I was the assistant editor of Science-Based Medicine from 2009–2016, and I am nearly done a (long-procrastinated) Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. I am middle-aged runner and ultimate player with lots of my own athletic injuries and chronic pain issues. Full bio.
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