The mechanisms that underlie acute and chronic pain states are complex. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the notion that pain may represent more than a symptom of tissue injury. The concept that some pain states may reflect dramatic physical and biochemical changes in nociceptive pathways (ie, pain is the disease) has been supported by recent studies. With this new information, emerging technologies should provide improved diagnostics based on molecular mechanisms of pain. Furthermore, it is likely that novel therapeutics based upon these mechanisms will finally provide relief for those who suffer from unrelenting pain and improve the quality of care rendered by oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery