Pain Management & Complementary Medicine

Pain Management & Complementary Medicine

The Stanford Division of Pain Medicine is focused on translating groundbreaking research discoveries into effective therapies. Our faculty investigates the emotional and cognitive factors that influence pain, normal pain processing, pain disorders, and treatment options through the use of state-of-the art neuroimaging tools, neuropsychology, pharmacology, and complementary medicine.


Pain Management & Complementary Medicine

  • Playing style linked to NBA knee injuries

    Basketball players who weave through defense to shoot the basket face a higher risk of tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), but after repair return to the same level of play.

  • Electrolyte supplements don’t prevent illness

    Researchers found that supplements did not appear to protect endurance athletes from illness caused by electrolyte imbalances. They also found that hot temperatures are a risk factor.

  • Microbial loss, ulcerative colitis linked

    Bacteria normally inhabiting healthy people’s intestines — and the anti-inflammatory metabolites these bacteria produce — are depleted in ulcerative colitis patients, a Stanford study shows.

  • Grants to study pain, opioids awarded

    Five researchers were awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health to study opioid misuse and pain treatment.

  • Choice-based C-section pain management

    The Stanford-led research tested an approach that allowed women to choose the level of pain management they wanted during a cesarean section.

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