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

  • Source of opioids’ side effects identified

    Stanford researchers said they have identified the receptors to which opioids bind to produce tolerance to the drugs and increased sensitivity to pain. They also found that a commercially available drug limited those side effects in mice.

  • Podcast: How physicians are fueling the opioid epidemic

    In, "Drug Dealer, MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop," Stanford addiction expert Anna Lembke explores the culprits behind the rise in the opioid epidemic sweeping the country.

  • Podcast: Opioid-free pain relief

    In her new book, The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit: 10 Simple Steps to Ease Your Pain, Stanford pain psychologist Beth Darnall, PhD, outlines a plan to empower chronic pain sufferers to gain control over their pain.

  • Darnall on opioids and pain management

    A Stanford Medicine psychologist is helping patients reduce pain without opioids and prescription drugs. She offers practical steps for people to harness the power of their mind-body connection to reduce symptoms of pain and increase their quality of life.

  • Safer opioid analgesic designed

    Morphine and similar drugs are the world’s most widely used painkillers. But they’re also dangerous and addictive. A new compound may be able to safely provide the same analgesia as morphine.

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