Pain is, unfortunately, something we know a lot about. Nearly all of our patients suffer from some kind of pain, whether it is chronic (long-lasting) or acute (temporary, short term). That’s why we’d like to take a moment to pay recognition to Pain Awareness Month. It’s a time to raise public awareness of pain and pain management.
Almost 100 million Americans experience chronic pain on a daily basis – more than those who have diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Chronic pain is defined as pain that continues a month or more beyond the usual recovery period for an injury or illness that goes on for months or years. The pain may not be constant, but can definitely interfere with daily life. There are many causes of pain stemming from a number of different conditions, including arthritis and back issues. 25 million people suffer from migraines, and one in six people suffer from some form of arthritis.
Pain is an indicator of some kind of problem in the body that requires attention. It can be both physical and emotional, affecting your psychological state and stress levels.
So what can you do to learn more about pain? Try taking our Pain Awareness Month Quiz to test your knowledge of facts and statistics related to pain. Or, to assess your individual pain score and see how it affects your quality of life, take this Pain Score Quiz. If you have any more questions about pain or pain management, just ask your nurse or therapist during their next visit! They will be happy to help you find ways to lessen or prevent your pain.