August 23, 2017

Chronic Pain Statistics

Chronic Pain StatisticsIt is estimated that approximately 116 million adults in the United States deal with chronic pain. This many people in pain is thought to cost the country approximately $635 billion in lost job productivity and medical treatment costs annually.

This amount of people suffering from chronic pain gives public health a challenge. Part of addressing this concern, the government and healthcare providers have realized they need far more chronic pain statistics than what are currently available.

They are looking at ways to gather data about various aspect of chronic pain. One such data gathering would focus on the profound consequences to health that are caused by chronic pain. This would include detailed looks at how it relates to disability, disease and death.

Another focus would be on trends and possible correlations or causes. Both entities wish to increase awareness about chronic pain and help educate the public as to ways to help avoid it and treat it when possible.

When compared with other medical concerns, statistics reveal that chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer, combined. Diabetes affects an estimated 23.6 million people, with coronary heart disease and stroke not far behind at 23.3 million. Cancer is less than half of that coming in at approximately 11.7 million people. Together they only total 58.6 million people, which is barely over half the amount of the American public affected by chronic pain.

One disheartening chronic pain statistic is that over half of patients who are hospitalized at the end of life suffer from chronic pain. Though some treatments are available and given in the hospital to help alleviate the pain, studies have shown that anywhere from 50 to 75% of these patients die while in moderate to severe pain.

Studies have been done on how tired Americans feel and it is no wondered they feel so tired. Some chronic pain statistics reveal that approximately 42 million people, or about 20% of the adult population in the United States, have interrupted sleep at least a few nights a week due directly to physical discomfort and pain.

The most common type of chronic pain is lower back pain, with it also being the number one cause of disability for Americans under the age of 45. There are an estimated 26 million adults aged 20 to 64 in the United States that suffer specifically from chronic back pain. Chronic back pain affects about 27% of those who suffer with chronic pain.

The next most common types of chronic pain are, in order, headaches and migraines, neck pain and facial pain. Migraines and headaches affect approximately 15% of those with chronic pain, which makes it tied with neck pain. Facial pain affects about 4% of those who suffer with chronic pain.

The widespread suffering of chronic pain contributes to the prescription drug abuse problem in America. Chronic pain can be difficult to treat which makes it easy for patients with chronic pain to accidentally overdoes and become addicted.