Neel D. Mehta, M.D.
Director of the Weill Cornell Pain Medicine Center
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Co-Director of the Multi-Disciplinary Spine Center
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Pain is often thought as a response to an injury or sign of illness. It is a very complex problem because it involves not only physical, but also emotional and social components. It is the way the body tells us that something is wrong.
For most people, pain comes and goes due to an injury or surgery. However many people suffer from persistent daily pain – and the science of how to treat and cope with this type of pain is rapidly developing. In the last ten years, a wealth of information has been uncovered through research and patient experience, leading to greater scientific understanding and better treatments for pain.