About Chronic Pain
According to Institute of Medicine Chronic pain affects 100 million people in the US.
Pain affects more people than cancer (11.9 million), Coronary Heart Disease (16.5 million) and Diabetes (25.8 million) combined. Pain costs more than all of these combined, with estimated costs of $100 Billion/year.
Whatever its cause, chronic pain is real. It is unrelenting and demoralizing.
The harmful effects of chronic pain affect virtually every organ system, our minds and our spirit.
Patients often cannot work and family and social life frequently deteriorate as the patient’s total preoccupation with pain leads to a downward spiral of irritability and depression. Chronic pain frequently results in:
- Loss of employment
- Loss of income
- Loss of self-esteem
- Marital and family dysfunction