Social Contact Can Ease Pain Related to Nerve Damage, Animal Study Suggests | Mom Psych |

Companionship has the potential to reduce pain linked to nerve damage, according to a new study.

More than 20 million Americans experience the nerve pain known as peripheral neuropathy as a consequence of diabetes or other disorders as well as trauma, including spinal cord injury. Few reliable treatments are available for this persistent pain.

“A better understanding of social interaction’s beneficial effects could lead to new therapies for this type of pain,” said Adam Hinzey, a graduate student in neuroscience at Ohio State University and lead author of the study.