|Dr. Allan Basbaum
pain, that is,
only works in
30 percent of
at best a 30
percent reduction of pain is typical, said
Dr. Allan Basbaum at a recent Wednesday
Afternoon Lecture in Masur Auditorium.
“There are a lot of people being
under-medicated. They are being treated,
but nothing is working, regardless of what
they are trying,” said Basbaum, professor and chair in the department of anatomy at the University California, San Francisco. At the lecture, he summarized his efforts to develop alternative treatments.
Neuropathic pain is different from pain that results from other conditions. A patient with arthritis, for instance, might experience pain. That discomfort is caused by inflammation of tissues that surround a person’s joint. If the inflammation can be treated, the pain goes away.