September is Pain Awareness Month
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, chronic pain is the nation’s primary cause of lost workdays. It affects more people than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined, with over 100 million Americans suffering from it. Pain is a costly epidemic that causes millions of Americans to suffer and Pain Awareness Month initiatives are intended to get everyone to recognize the effects of pain and the symptoms associated with pain so that individuals can find appropriate relief and regain a strong quality of life.
It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Studies suggest that the most common type of pain is lower back pain, followed by severe headaches or migraines.
It is important for all of us to help get the word out — people with pain-causing conditions can take measures to reduce their pain!
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.
According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of ten people will have back pain at some time in their life.
- Bad posture and bad habits, even a simple cough or sneeze, can throw more than your back out of whack. Dr. Chip Curtis, of All American Healthcare Hammond, discusses lower back pain.
- Over the years, the treatments for back pain changed.
- 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
Here is the game-changing development: Doctors now believe that chronic pain is not merely a symptom of another condition; rather, it’s a separate disease and should be treated as such. In some cases chronic pain is the result of inflammation. But in others it has a more complex yet little-understood cause, one that’s tied in to how the brain processes pain signals. With long exposure to physical pain, nerves may actually hard-wire that pain into a kind of neurological memory, so even when the original cause of the pain is gone, you still hurt. Pain might even be genetic. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England recently identified the HCN2 gene as a regulator of chronic pain, providing another potential drug target for pain management.
The typical treatment for chronic pain has been medications, including over-the-counter drugs– like ibuprofen and aspirin, which target inflammation– as well as prescription narcotics such as codeine and morphine, which block pain signals. But a recent report by The Bravewell Collaborative found that 75 percent of integrative medicine clinics reported success in treating chronic pain by combining traditional pain management with complementary therapies like Chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage. One interesting treatment is myofascial trigger-point needling, a technique similar to acupuncture that focuses on specific areas of muscle that trigger pain.
Chronic pain hurts and you do not have to live with pain. Your path to great health starts here – All American Healthcare Louisiana.
Sources ACA Today