A serious health condition often overlooked is chronic pain. Those with such pain experience difficulties with everyday activities at the workplace and in their personal life. Many living with chronic pain have been facing it daily for quite some time and oftentimes struggle to get through each day. Besides the significant pain, this type of condition ultimately affects their emotional well-being and overall quality of life.
Two decades ago, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) established a Pain Awareness Campaign with several organizations that have the same purpose and goal. As a result, a dedicated month was created to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.
The Chronic Pain Survey
The ACPA had a survey conducted years ago with adults experiencing chronic pain in the United States. Nearly half of those surveyed said their pain is not under control with the majority being middle-aged men. It also stated that nearly half spoke to their doctor within a month of the pain onset with nearly as many waiting even longer. It was also found that those affected have a casual attitude about their pain in the beginning until it develops into something more significant. Back pain seemed to be the most common amongst almost 1000 surveyed and most reach for over-the-counter medications with the hope of it relieving and/or alleviating the issue. Ultimately, many turn to alternative treatments regardless of the nature of their pain.
The Key to Create Awareness
Getting involved is the key to raising awareness. There is now a multitude of resources available online, on social media, and of course at your health care provider’s office. Talk with family and friends about Pain Awareness Month and encourage them to do the same. Call your local media, local government and community leaders, and healthcare provider to remind them about the issues of pain and how important pain management is.
Most importantly, take care of yourself. Living with a chronic condition requires attention, a new mindset, and coping skills to help manage the pain. Dr. Erickson - Interventional Pain Physician can help identify patterns in ones’ daily life and provide tools and a treatment program to live a full and active life while reducing the pain.
Dr. Erickson - Interventional Pain Physician are here to make your healthcare journey simple and bring further awareness to the community. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.