|April 2008 · Vol. 20, No. 04
HOW DEVELOPMENTS ARE CHANGING PATIENT CARE
CHRONIC PELVIC PAIN
Are stimuli from damaged tissue, or maladaptive changes to the nerve supply, responsible for chronic pain syndromes? The answer may alter treatment.
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Dr. Steege is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.
The author reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.
A common thread ties together the studies and developments highlighted here: the notion that maladaptive changes in the neurologic supply to pelvic organs may contribute to chronic pain to a greater extent than do stimuli from damaged tissue. This understanding is consistent with the general lack of any obvious relationship between the degree (i.e., volume) of tissue change in disease (e.g., endometriosis) and the intensity of associated pain. It may also open new avenues to the prevention and treatment of chronic pain.