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The Burden of Pain in America

August 20, 2015 beninguide 0 Comments

More 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. This has impacted more people than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. Lost productivity from pain costs the economy approximately $61.2 billion annually. Nearly 80 percent of that productivity loss is not from employees taking time off of work but from them getting less down while they are there. The healthcare costs of chronic pain run between $560 and $635 billion annually. About 20 percent of adults in the United States, or 42 million people, say pain impacts their sleep several times a week.


Acute and chronic pain has many causes. The most common are back pain, severe headache or migraine, neck pain and facial ache. Back pain in adults causes other physical health problems and some studies have shown people suffering from back pain also are at an increased risk for mental health issues. The overall impact on people’s lives is huge. Nearly 60 percent of pain sufferers say they enjoy life less because of it.

Many people do go to either their family doctor or a specialist for help but others don’t think anything can be done to help them. The good news is that new treatments are being developed all the time and pain specialists can make a big difference in people’s lives.


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