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    A joint study conducted by researchers at McGill University and Scientists from Italy found that blocking inflammation after injury may lead to chronic pain. The study challenges the standard approach to treating pain. Many people will take anti-inflammatory drugs for acute pain or even use ice to decrease the inflammation.

    The researchers found that neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that helps fight infection and are also extremely abundant during early stages of inflammation. The study suggests that this cell plays a key role in resolving pain. 

    Researcher and professor of psychology at McGill University, Jeffrey Mogil said “we think that chronic pain develops because of inflammation so we think inflammation is bad and we should stop it. But what this study suggests is that yes, but at the cost of increasing your chances to develop chronic pain,”

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