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What is pain and what are the most effective and least harmful ways for health care professionals to address it? Reaching a national consensus on the answers to these questions and taking action accordingly, never has it been as important as it is now, with the nation in the grips of an opioid crisis that is killing Americans by the tens of thousands annually.

In this episode of Move Forward Radio, cardiologist Haider Warraich expands on his op-ed in the New York Times, which asks the question: "Is Pain a Sensation or an Emotion?" He explains what that question is all about, how modern society could learn something from the ancient Greeks' conception of pain and suffering, what he feels are the keys to decreasing opioid use, and why exercise and physical therapy—per APTA's safe pain management campaign—must be cornerstones of that effort.

Learn more about how physical therapists manage pain.

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Haider Warraich

Haider Warraich, MD, is a physician in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology program at Duke University School of Medicine, and previously was a resident at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is an accomplished clinical researcher and author. A frequent contributor for the New York Times, among other publications, in 2017 he published the book, “Modern Death – How Medicine Changed the End of Life,” and his new book, “State of the Heart – Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease,” will be released in late July 2019.

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