September is pain awareness month. The month is recognized as a time specifically set aside for health organizations and businesses to work hard in raising public awareness in the area of pain and pain management.
First implemented in 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) fronted a coalition dedicated to bring awareness to the public. Today, the leaders in pain management have joined forces with over eighty organizations, including health professionals and consumer groups, to advocate for pain management awareness.
What the public must know about pain
Chronic pain affects nearly 100 million Americans. The number is even higher if individuals suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are included. The most common pain culprits include arthritis, back pain, and migraine headaches. Living with pain can be troublesome, ultimately debilitating the affected person and adversely impacting daily life.
According to statistics published by the National Institutes of Health, eight out of ten people endure back pain at some point in their life. Bad posture and poor lifestyle habits are among the most common factors contributing to back pain. The low back is one of the most common areas of the body reported to pain management specialists.
What you can do if you suffer from chronic pain
There are a number of methods and techniques designed for treating and managing pain. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, innovations in pain treatment help eliminate symptoms.
While September is pain awareness month, you may discuss pain issues with your doctor at any time. We at Great Lakes Physiatrists, P.C. understand what it is like to battle chronic pain. Let us help you live as comfortable as possible. Call our office today at 586-884-6681 for your appointment.