Did You Know This About Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is one of the most common ailments in the United States and yet, few people truly understand it. Today, there are over 100 million Americans living with some form of chronic pain. That means one out of every three people in this country is living with pain. To put that into perspective, that is more than cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease combined.
What is Chronic Pain?
Pain that lasts for six months or more is chronic and it stems over 100 categories and medical disorders. For example, did you know that there are more than 100 types of arthritis?
What Impact Does Chronic Pain Have?
Chronic pain may take away the independence of many people. It may also impact their careers due to inability to maintain normal work habits. Chronic pain is costing our economy and country hundreds of billions of dollars every year due to missed days of work.
Is there Treatment for Chronic Pain?
Yes, but even with treatment, chronic pain may return. The issue is the lack of pain management education in medical schools. The best way to fight back against chronic pain is through self-management. This means educating yourself, having open discussions with your doctor, and utilizing support tools. This will ensure you can keep the chronic pain under your thumb while living independently.