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Chronic pain is a major public health concern, affecting approximately 10% of the Canadian and US population. Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting for more than 6 months or extending past the expected recovery time for an injury or medical intervention. Experts say that chronic pain is a highly variable condition that may be a result of a number of underlying causes. As such, conventional treatments vary in effectiveness and there remains a significant group of patients for whom traditional pharmaceuticals are ineffective.
Neuropathic pain is a common cause of chronic pain and is usually a result of irritation or damage to a nerve. These nerves can be located in the peripheral nervous system or the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), or sometimes even both. Nerve damage can be caused by underlying diseases (such as HIV or diabetes) or injury (eg. stroke or spinal cord injury). Clinical research shows that less than half of all patients suffering from neuropathic pain gain any meaningful relief from taking prescription drugs.