Based in New York
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We EDUCATE the lay public and medical professionals about the role muscles play in acute and chronic pain. We ADVOCATE for the inclusion of muscles in medical school curricula and routine pain assessment and treatment.

Who we are

The Foundation for Research and Advocacy for Muscle Pain Education (FRAME) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to supporting and informing the medical community and patients on the important role muscles play in acute and chronic pain. Our mission is to conduct groundbreaking research on muscle pain in order to change the way the medical community assesses and treats pain. 

FRAME is the first non-profit organization dedicated to understanding the role of muscles and other soft tissue in acute and chronic pain. Despite muscles accounting for approximately 40% of our body in weight and being the most common reason for low back pain, the mechanisms causing muscle pain are absent in current medical curricula or post-graduate training, causing them to be overlooked by most clinicians.

Ignoring soft tissue and muscles leads physicians to overemphasize the bony spine and nerve tissue as the source of pain, thereby performing often unsuccessful, expensive, and potentially damaging interventions. It is FRAME’s goal to be at the forefront of the current standard of care. 

Low back pain is now the number one cause of disability globally and the total annual cost of chronic pain in the US surpasses the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Despite spending more on neck and back pain, the results are getting worse. The massive costs associated with treating neck and back pain could be decreased by addressing soft tissues’ role in pain. 

Who we are

The Foundation for Research and Advocacy for Muscle Pain Education (FRAME) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to supporting and informing the medical community and patients on the important role muscles play in acute and chronic pain. Our mission is to conduct groundbreaking research on muscle pain in order to change the way the medical community assesses and treats pain. 

FRAME is the first non-profit organization dedicated to understanding the role of muscles and other soft tissue in acute and chronic pain. Despite muscles accounting for approximately 40% of our body in weight and being the most common reason for low back pain, the mechanisms causing muscle pain are absent in current medical curricula or post-graduate training, causing them to be overlooked by most clinicians.

Ignoring soft tissue and muscles leads physicians to overemphasize the bony spine and nerve tissue as the source of pain, thereby performing often unsuccessful, expensive, and potentially damaging interventions. It is FRAME’s goal to be at the forefront of the current standard of care. 

Low back pain is now the number one cause of disability globally and the total annual cost of chronic pain in the US surpasses the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Despite spending more on neck and back pain, the results are getting worse. The massive costs associated with treating neck and back pain could be decreased by addressing soft tissues’ role in pain. 

What we do

We RESEARCH how muscles cause pain and what is the most effective way to treat them  

We EDUCATE the lay public and medical professionals about the role muscles play in acute and chronic pain 

We ADVOCATE for the inclusion of muscles in medical school curricula and routine pain assessment and treatment

Our objectives

● Develop and support medical research to establish accepted evaluation and treatment for muscle pain

Raise awareness for chronic muscle pain

● Educate patients and clinicians about chronic muscle pain and the need to include muscles in routine pain treatment

● Establish and operate a central location for muscle pain information and training related to muscle pain research

● Get the pathophysiology and treatment of muscle pain incorporated into pre and post graduate medical curricula

● Reduce the number of unnecessary procedures by providing more effective and less expensive medical alternatives

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