A Role for Genetics

A better understanding of the genetic susceptibility to developing chronic pain is needed to better allow prevention and earlier diagnosis, as well as the development of therapeutic interventions, the authors write.

Studies have linked certain genetic variations to an increased risk for development of chronic pain, suggesting that the future of personalized medicine may include genetic testing as part of the decision-making process.

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“While there are numerous other behavioral, socioeconomic, lifetime experience and environmental factors which are involved in the development of chronic pain issues, [the findings] confirm the suspicion many clinicians have that genetics and family history play a role in the development of chronic pain,” Dr Rich concurred.