September is recognized as Pain Awareness Month by the American Chronic Pain Association in 2001 and it gives us an opportunity to learn a few more facts about the conditions that affect more than 70 million individuals in the United States alone. With the prevalence of many chronic pain conditions like neck pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis, it is important to understand that there are specialists here to help you through your healthcare journey.
The goals of recognizing this month are to create a better understanding of chronic pain among the community and patients, to reduce the stigma associated with chronic pain conditions and physician visits, as well as to break down the barrier to effective pain management. Being in pain is hard, and we understand that – which is why we are here to help you every step of the way.
- Currently about 20% of Americans state that they have trouble falling asleep because of pain or discomfort.
- Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.
- In 2008, the federal and state government spent over $99 billion for pain treatment.
- The biggest cause of disability for Americans under the age of 45 is back pain.
- Pain costs the US $560 billion – $635 billion per year. (This includes health care costs and lost productivity.)
Don’t become a part of the statistic, schedule your appointment today by calling 985-259-7246.
All statistics adapted from The Pain Center of Arizona: https://www.thepaincenter.com/blog/national-pain-awareness-month/