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Future Doctors Unprepared to Manage Pain

Pain Management

Story at-a-glance -

  • New physicians are learning shockingly little about how to treat pain, despite it being one of the most common, and most debilitating, medical conditions around
  • Most European medical schools have no required courses on pain, but even when compulsory pain courses are in place, they represent just 12 hours of the six-year program
  • Pain education in North American medical schools has also been called limited and fragmentary
  • With no other knowledge of how to treat pain, most physicians treat it with prescription painkillers, and now we have a new epidemic of prescription drug abuse and related deaths
  • Seek a physician who is knowledgeable about the root causes of pain and offers non-toxic remedies for relief

By Dr. Mercola

Chronic pain affects 100 million Americans – that’s more than the number impacted by diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Most suffering from pain turn to their family physician for help, but many leave the office with nothing more than a prescription for painkillers in hand.


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