pain management

Pain Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month is observed annually in September. The month is dedicated to raising awareness about pain and its management. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the American Pain Society (APS) designated September as Pain Awareness Month to increase public awareness of pain and its effects. The theme for Pain Awareness Month 2016 is: “Pain is Real. Pain is Real. Pain is Real.”

In September, the world comes together to recognize pain disorders. With chronic pain affecting an estimated 100 million Americans and costing the U.S. economy $635 billion each year, there are many reasons to take action. Whether you are a health professional, a caregiver, or a person living with pain, you can be part of the solution. Visit the National Pain Report to find resources and information on pain awareness.

Statistics about pain

First, some statistics. According to the American Chronic Pain Association, chronic pain is a condition that affects more than 100 million Americans. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 25 million people in the US alone suffer from some form of chronic pain. And the numbers continue to climb. In the United States, it is estimated that the costs of treating chronic pain are more than the costs of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Pain is a problem that is affecting more and more people and in some cases, it can be debilitating. In fact, according to the American Pain Foundation, more than 60 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. And yet, many still suffer in silence because they are either too embarrassed to speak about their pain or they have been told that it’s all in their head.

What pain actually is?

To understand Pain Awareness Month, it’s best to understand what pain is and how it works. Pain is a complex phenomenon, and there are many different sources of pain. Pain is felt in response to a stimulus, meaning it’s a physical sensation. It can range from a mild ache to severe agony, and it’s a warning sign that something is wrong with your body. The purpose of pain is to alert you to a problem and motivate you to take action. Pain can affect any part of your body, but it is commonly associated with damaged tissues, such as cuts, burns, and muscle tears.

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. It is the unpleasantness that causes us to recoil from a painful stimulus. The word pain generally refers to nociceptive pain (due to injury or damage of tissues), or neuropathic pain (such as nerve damage). Nociceptive pain is usually well localized, while neuropathic pain is typically more diffuse. The word pain is often used in the narrow sense of physical pain, but it can also have psychological or emotional dimensions. It can exist for a variety of reasons, such as a symptom of an underlying disease or a side effect of a medication.

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