Pain affects more than 50 million Americans and is a frequent cause for people to visit a clinic. Approximately 45% of the population seeks medical help for pain at some point in their lives. Pain interferes with quality of life, sleep and productivity, and increases utilization of health care resources.
Of the pain experiences, visceral pain is a prominent symptom in the clinical setting and one of the main reasons that patients seek medical care. Treatment of visceral pain is particularly challenging because it is seen by physicians in various specialties and very little research has been done to address mechanisms. Furthermore, visceral pain does not often originate from a painful disease of a single internal organ but often results from concurrent algogenic conditions of more than one visceral source.
The purpose of our research program is to conduct research on Neuro-Humoral Mechanisms of Visceral Dysfunction to expand our knowledge base and to translate these findings into adequate treatment of patients who are suffering from visceral pain.
- "Easing the Heartache" - Article from OU Medicine Magazine
- International Working Group on Neurocardiology