Chronic pain is reaching epidemic proportions in the US. There have been multiple numbers published as to how many Americans are dealing with it on daily basis. The American Academy of Family Medicine puts the number at 70 million Americans. Others have pegged it at 50 million. However, the report last year from the Institute of medicine looked at doctor office visits and found that the number of individuals living in chronic pain in America is 116 million.
This means that one in three Americans is living with some sort of a chronic pain problem. This is a staggering number and the costs associated with this chronic pain number was over $500 billion a year. When you look at in perspective to other disease problems such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, it represents a problem bigger than all of them combined.
The number of 116 million comes from doctor visits for chronic pain. However, a significant amount of people have a chronic pain issue and did not go to the doctor to deal with it. Many of those may be men who have a pride issue and want to tough it out. A recent Gallup survey found that 47% of Americans have at least one type of chronic pain.
So in actuality, the amount of people in America living in chronic pain may be closing in on half of the population. This does not mean that half of America has debilitating pain, but pain that affects the person every day such as significant arthritis or degenerative disc disease causing moderate low back pain.
If you live in Florida and are dealing with a chronic pain problem, let the Florida Pain Network help you. The network includes pain clinics, chiropractors, and physical therapy practices around the state.For instance, the Network has Orlando pain clinic listings, Port St Lucie pain management listings, and many more pain clinics in Florida.
If you go to THIS PAGE and click the kind of provider you desire, those closest to you will show up first. Or simply call (877) 877-8556 for assistance. You do not have to live everyday in pain, Help is available!