Detailed guides to painful problems, treatments & more

Where Does It Hurt?

A library of detailed, science-based guides to common painful problems & injuries like headaches, back pain, runner’s knee, or fibromyalgia

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The main painful topics on PainScience.com are stubborn pain problems like trigger points (poorly named, but incredibly common, and often confused with muscle strain), neck pain and low back pain (of course), and repetitive strain injury, like plantar fasciitis or IT band syndrome.

But that’s the tip of the iceberg, and there are dozens of other articles about treatments and therapies, the nature of pain, or browse the index of all articles.

Head, neck & throat

Back, chest & torso

Pelvis

Shoulders, elbows, wrists & hands

Legs, knees & feet

Pain anywhere and/or everywhere

Whenever something painful happens to me, amid all the distress I am surprised at being reminded of how painful pain is. That thought is always followed by another, “What if I hurt like this all the time?” Chronic pain syndromes are extraordinarily debilitating.

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert M Sapolsky, p. 396



Things that complicate pain (sometimes more than expected, sometimes much less)