Neurophysiology of pain
Human suffering from pain is one of the inevitable sequelae of trauma and degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Ironically, as advances are made in reducing the fatalities attributed to injuries and increasing the average life span of the population, chronic pain becomes part of the lives of a greater number of people. Wayne State BME researchers have made important strides in understanding the source of low back pain by using neurophysiology techniques that have established the facet capsules of the intervertebral joints as the site of pain in some instances. The unique animal model used in this work is difficult to establish and is sought by many labs interested in pain research. The 1995 Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery was given to the Wayne State team for this work. Current research involves the role of lumbar disc's nucleus pulposus on the sensitization of nerves and the occurrence of chronic pain.
BME faculty members associated with research field:
- John Cavanaugh, Professor