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According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine: “While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.”

When it comes to pain, you are not alone. According to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.

See the short videos below to learn more about pain and what you can do about it.

Video: Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes

Video: Chronic Pain Explained in 2.5 minutes

Video: Brainman Stops his Opioids

Source: Hunter Integrated Pain Service, Hunter Medicare Local, and University of Washington