Reset Tip: What is the one common thing shared between all patients suffering from chronic pain?
Dr. Adam Klotzek discusses the commonalities in the brain and nervous system amongst those suffering from pain.
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– In today’s video, we’re gonna talk about the one common thing, neurologically, that is seen occurring in people’s brains who are experiencing chronic pain. So one of the things that we are learning with regards to chronic pain, or a common feature that is seen in individual’s brains who are experiencing chronic pain, is basically the following: we are noticing that there is a common area of the brain that gets activated in anyone who is experiencing pain, and that area is called your anterior cingulate. Now, what’s interesting about the anterior cingulate it’s not only that it’s activated in everyone who’s experiencing pain, but it’s also activated when people experience the threat of something being painful. So if I was told that if I move my shoulder a certain way and that’s going to damage my shoulder or hurt me more, that, in fact, is threatening to me, and thus I’m gonna see activation of the anterior cingulate. So we see it associated with threat, we see it associated with pain, and the other thing that’s really, really cool about the anterior cingulate it’s that one of its main purposes is to correct for errors. So we see error correction. So what that means for a clinician is that, if you have error in a movement, then your anterior cingulate is going to be activated in order to try to correct for that error. Now, the error in movement can be deemed as a threat to us, to the organism, and therefore, as being a threat, it can also give you the experience of pain. At the Carrick Institute’s Pain Reset Neurology Series, we’d leverage this idea of the anterior cingulate being involved in error correction, being involved in the generation of pain, and also being activated when there is a perceived threat, i.e. in a movement that is not occurring properly, to help get our chronic patients out of pain that is more effective and longer-lasting than other types of applications. If you wanna learn more, please contact the Carrick Institute or visit our website. Thank you.