There are many ways to learn about the latest chronic pain news, research and best practices. One growing trend is podcasts. Whether lying in bed with your eyes closed, getting ready in the morning or driving in your car, radio shows and podcasts are a great way to hear and learn valuable information and stories – for free!

Most podcasts can be listened to on your computer or phone by clicking on websites. You can also listen on your mobile, tablet or iPod through iTunes or Google Play.

Here are five pain podcasts series that share a wealth of knowledge and important information on a wide range of topics:

Aches and Gains

Hosted by Dr. Paul Christo, one of America’s leading pain experts, Aches and Gains is the first national radio talk show dedicated to overcoming pain, stress reduction, and healthy living. This radio show covers a wide range of topics including stories from celebrity guests and helpful advice on most pain conditions. You can listen on his website and SiriusXM.

Some topics include:
– Innovative Approaches
– Complimentary/Alternative Medicine
– Energy Healing
– Engaging the Body

[Related – A chat with Dr. Christo: What You Can Do to Live Better with an Autoimmune Illness]

Airing Painpain podcasts

The Scottish charity, Pain Concern, shares 85 different programs on their online radio show Airing Pain. The organization works to support and inform people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals.

Some topics include:
– Pacing and Arthritis
– Acupuncture and TENS
– Work and Benefits
– Music and Knitting

Plugging into Life

In Plugging into Life, a chronic pain patient interviews guests including: prominent physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, physical therapists, and other integrated medical professionals who specialize in pain management; along with pain patients themselves who are afflicted with varying conditions.

Interviews with:
– Paul Gileno, U.S. Pain Foundation
– Sarah Rizvi, PhD, Pain Management Physician
– Gary Walco, PhD, Director of Pain Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital


RELIEF is a new website for patients and the general public that provides free and independent news, feature articles, interviews, webinars and podcasts on the latest pain research. Their goal is to provide people touched by or otherwise interested in chronic pain with knowledge of the latest findings and ideas from this blossoming area of science.

Topics include:
– From Lab Discoveries to New Treatments for Pain
– The Role of Brain Imaging in Chronic Pain Research
– A Bright Future for Pain Drug Development

Beating Neuropathy Radio

Author of Beating Neuropathy, Dr. John Hayes, Jr. shares his advice for managing pain and ultimately empowering oneself when faced with chronic pain, disease, and illness through pain management podcasts.

Some topics include:
– Best Chronic Pain Practices
– Drug-Induced Neuropathy
– Advances in Diagnosing Neuropathy

Here are some individual pain podcasts that provide more insights and resources for chronic pain sufferers:

Radio TimesPain and Addiction
Two physicians talk about treating pain while rates of opioid addiction continue to rise. They look at what pain is and what alternatives doctors have to address it. Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with Michael Ashburn, director of the Penn Pain Medicine Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Jeanmarie Perrone, professor of emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

RadioLabInside “Ouch”
Producer Tim Howard introduces us to three attempts to put a number on pain in the hopes that we can truly understand the suffering of another.

Blog Talk RadioFibromyalgia Naturally with Dr. Alex Vasquez
Alex Vasquez DO, ND, DC, author and health educator, returns to the show to shed some light on this misunderstood condition. You’ll learn about the connection of fibromyalgia and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), vitamin/nutrient deficiencies, hidden infections, toxin overload, and more.

Stanford School of MedicineThe Mysteries and Complexities of Chronic Pain
Elliot Krane, MD, chief of the pain management service at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, discusses the mystery and complexities of treating and managing chronic pain.

Listening for Relaxation & Stress Relief

Here are some guided mediation audio files:
Relaxation with Dr. Dawn Buse
Daily Meditation on PodBean

For more easy listening, read about music therapy in our article The Role of Music in Managing Pain.

We hope this list of podcasts has been helpful to you. Take advantage of all the free chronic pain podcasts that are available online. If you have others to add, please comment below.