According to Dr. Fernando Cervero, director of the Alan Edwards Centre:
“There is a huge social change that is happening…We are in a way leading, but also society is leading it. People are saying, ‘Why do we have to live with pain?’”
Researchers are using high tech imaging to show the pain in the act of processing pain. They are discovering how daily, persistent pain shrinks some areas of the brain.
The goal across this research project is to show that pain that does not respond to treatment, that is prolonged, that does not coincide with physical findings is indeed genuine.
For people who suffer from chronic pain, lawyers who represent individuals with long term disability claims, this study, once completed could be very useful in helping prove chronic pain cases. The issue of validation of pain is a critical one. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates, who handle long-term disability cases that involve chronic pain claims know this well.