Living with Chronic Pain: New Study Finds High Disease Burden in US Adults

By Luna
Living with Chronic Pain: New Study Finds High Disease Burden in US Adults

As one of the most common reasons adults receive medical care, chronic pain is a growing health concern in the United States. Living with chronic pain can be incredibly challenging, and it's not just a minor inconvenience; it's a huge hurdle that takes a toll on every aspect of your life.

A recent study shed some light on the prevalence of chronic pain in the United States and the urgent need for effective pain management strategies. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published research that revealed over 51 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and 7% of adults have high-impact chronic pain that limits their daily activities.

These numbers are higher than the rates of other common long-term conditions such as diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure.

Importance of Effective Management for Chronic Pain

A recent study revealed that among those who claimed to be pain-free in 2019, 52.4 out of every 1,000 individuals fell victim to chronic pain again the following year. Adding to this alarming statistic, the study showed 12 cases of high-impact chronic pain per 1,000 people.

The study's findings emphasize how important early intervention and effective management are in healing from chronic pain. Living with untreated pain impairs physical function and can lead to psychological distress, decreased productivity, and social isolation. Identifying and addressing chronic pain in the early stages can significantly alleviate its burden and improve overall well-being.

Early Signs of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can manifest in different ways and affect different areas of the body, and it may present with a combination of different symptoms. By catching the signs of chronic pain early and beginning an effective treatment plan, patients have the opportunity to thrive, find joy in everyday moments, and reclaim their lives —pain-free!

Here are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • Persistent or recurring pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Reduced mobility
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Changes in mood
  • Decreased stamina

Discover a Pain-Free Future with Physical Therapy

When it comes to managing chronic pain, physical therapy is a highly effective treatment option. Physical therapists tailor interventions to each patient's specific needs, focusing on techniques such as therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and pain education. This personalized approach recognizes that chronic pain is a multifaceted experience and that a one-size-fits-all solution is insufficient.

At Luna, we believe in empowering our patients with resources and knowledge to manage and heal from their pain. Our licensed, board-certified physical therapists treat patients with chronic pain, offering safe and convenient in-person physical therapy at your home or work, making it accessible to anyone in need of physical therapy for managing chronic pain.

If you've been battling chronic pain, it's time to take action and reclaim your life. Get the support you need from a physical therapist who can give you the tools and strategies to manage pain effectively. Make an appointment with a therapist near you to start healing faster with Luna!

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