Pain Awareness – 10% of the world’s population approximately 60 million people endure chronic pain, and estimates in individual countries and regions indicate chronic pain prevalence close to 20 – 25% Understanding more about the underlying causes of pain can help improve treatments and alleviate suffering.
What You Need to Know
- Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain —more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
- Pain is a warning sign that indicates a problem that needs attention.
- Pain starts in receptor nerve cells located beneath the skin and in organs throughout the body.
- Living with pain can be debilitating and adversely affect everyday life.
An estimated 1 in 5 people in the world population experiences some form of chronic pain. In the United States alone, 50 million people suffer from chronic daily pain. 19.6 million have high-impact chronic pain (chronic pain that frequently limits life or work activities)
The most common types of chronic pain include:
- musculoskeletal pain (e.g., chronic low back pain, neck pain, arthritis pain)
- neuropathic pain (e.g., peripheral neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia)
- functional pain syndromes (e.g., fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, chronic pelvic pain)
- chronic pain after surgery complex regional pain syndrome
- cancer pain
Arthritis refers to over 100 different conditions ranging from autoimmune disease to normal joint inflammation. Arthritis Recent experiments have uncovered that the body’s own immune system makes unique antibodies to help the most severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis progress. Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis–treatment plans often involve both short-term and long-term approaches. An estimated 294,000 children are affected by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and other rheumatological conditions.
According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of ten people will have back pain at some time in their lives
Over the years, the treatments for back pain changed. Much research has been done with regard to spine research, which discusses common spinal problems, and treatment options.
Millions of people get crippling headaches, and there are dozens of different headache types — but receiving the right diagnosis is key to getting the right treatment. Migraines can be triggered by stress, fatigue, or certain foods — and researchers claim obese patients are five times more likely to develop chronic migraines. A child’s headache may be triggered by several factors, including: genetics, hormones, stress, diet, medication, dehydration, school or behavioral issues, and/or depression.
Innovations in Pain Treatment & Pain Awareness
There are many methods and techniques for treating pain, both chronic and acute.
- Botox for pain relief — For patients with a painful and debilitating nerve compression disorder called thoracic outlet syndrome, Botox may offer temporary relief and an alternative to rib-removal surgery. A small research study has shown promising results.
- Attitude adjustment — If you have chronic pain, especially face and jaw pain, you may sleep better and experience less day-to-day pain if you learn to dwell less on your ailments. Researchers studied 214 people and found a correlation between negative thinking about pain and poor sleep and worse pain.
- Newly discovered protein may turn pain off — Researchers have discovered a protein that holds together multiple elements in a complex system responsible for regulating pain, mental illnesses, and other complex neurological problems. In other words: this protein has the capability to turn off the receptors that keep pain lingering.
- Burning away intractable pain — When a 31-year-old Marine was defusing a buried bomb in Afghanistan last December, it exploded, leaving him unconscious for nearly a month. When he woke up, his face was scarred, he was blind in one eye, he was missing half of his right arm and his left arm was paralyzed. And he was in pain. Neurosurgeons opened the patient’s spine and burned away the scar tissue to alleviate this pain.
If you have pain that’s interfering with your day-to-day priorities, whether that involves loved ones, work, or recreational activities, we can help restore your pain-free life. American Spine Center uses teams of experts from different specialties to diagnose and treat your troublesome pain. (Pain Awareness
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