Facts on Pain

1.Over the last 20 years, the field of pain management has grown up tremendously. Options for pain relief are substantial, and every year significant advancements are either made with new technology or improvements on existing effective treatments.

2.As the country has seen, however, not all is going well in the world of pain management. Fatal overdoses from narcotics are at an all time high, and so are visits to emergency rooms for non-fatal overdoses.

3.Along with the facts on narcotic prescriptions and overdoses, the simple facts on pain management are staggering. Did you realize there is a nine out of ten chance you will suffer from back pain at some point in your life? Did you know that over 40% of those over age 40 have significant degeneration of spinal discs and have no back pain at all?Here are 3 more facts on Back Pain.

Here are 3 more facts on Back Pain

1.Over ¾ of the time, even the best trained physicians are unable to offer patients a true source of where their back pain is originating.Right behind upper respiratory infections, back pain is the 2nd most common reason for doctor visits.

2. In five to fifteen percent of back pain cases, something more serious is going on than just a simple back sprain or strain. This could be cancer, an infection, kidney stones or gallbladder stones.It is very common for back pain to recur, occurring in 40% of individuals within 4 to 6 months.Males and Females experience back pain equally overall.

3. As of 2005, total direct and indirect costs for medical care of neck and back pain were over $86 billion, and now exceed $100 billion. In America, only more is spent on heart disease and cancer.In America, back pain is the most expensive and common cause of employee disability.Rates of spine surgery in America are the highest in the world – five times more than in the United Kingdom. Over 600,000 spine surgeries are performed in the US every year. In the past fifteen years, this number has risen fifteen fold.If a person is unemployed for over a year because back pain, there is only a 1 in 2 chance he or she will EVER work again.According to the Institute of Medicine report from 2011, over 115 million Americans (1/3 of the country) is suffering with a chronic pain issue such as back/neck pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.

Narcotic abuse is now an epidemic in America. Here are 3 staggering facts on the extent of the problem

1.Over ¾ of the time, even the best trained physicians are unable to offer patients a true source of where their back pain is originating.
Right behind upper respiratory infections, back pain is the 2nd most common reason for doctor visits.

2.Doctors write 300 million narcotic prescriptions every year.By the time students are seniors in high school, 10% have tried Vicodin.Every 14 minutes, an American has a prescription drug overdose fatality. This results in approximately 25,000 fatal overdoses annually.

3.In America, prescription drug overdose fatalities are the number one cause of accidental death.For every time a fatal narcotic overdose occurs, over thirty patients end up in an emergency room with a non-fatal narcotic overdose – that’s over half a million individuals!Three fourths of people abusing prescription painkillers obtain them from a relative or friend, not a drug dealer.In 2010, over six million Americans abused prescription drugs. Approximately five percent of Americans have taken a prescription narcotic in the past month.Three fourths of domestic violence is caused by drug addicts.