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2019 Oct

Curr Opin Physiol


Recent advances toward understanding the mysteries of the acute to chronic pain transition.



Chronic pain affects up to a third of the population. Ongoing epidemiology studies suggest that the impact of chronic pain on the population is accelerating [1]. While advances have been made in understanding how chronic pain develops, there are still many important mysteries about how acute pain transitions to a chronic state. In this review, I summarize recent developments in the field with a focus on several areas of emerging research that are likely to have an important impact on the field. These include mechanisms of cellular plasticity that drive chronic pain, evidence of pervasive sex differential mechanisms in chronic pain and the profound impact that next generation sequencing technologies are having on this area of research.