A Joint Commission named pain as the ‘fifth vital sign’, along with the other more well-known respiration, pulse, temperature and blood pressure. However, for those that experience pain, no matter what the cause, there is an intense desire to reduce and eliminate so that each of us can experience better quality of life.
As we each share in experiencing pain, there are some interesting facts to note:
*In America, seventy six million people suffer from pain on a daily basis.
*In the U.S., eighty million people experience muscle aches and pains due to being ‘Weekend
*There are forty million Americans that experience pain from Arthritis
*Frequent back pain is experienced by twenty six million Americans between the ages of 20 and
Pain is Expensive:
*When you include the expenses of healthcare, lost productivity, and lost income, the price of chronic pain in America is estimated to be around $100 billion.
*While there are therapies in place in hospitals to alleviate pain, over half of the patients that were hospitalized experienced pain during the final days of their lives. Research indicates that 50-75% of those patients dying of cancer experienced moderate to severe pain.
*Physical discomfort and pain disrupts our everyday life in a number of ways. Approximately twenty percent of adults in the U.S. (nearing forty two million people) have reported that pain causes disruption of their sleep over a few nights per week.
Most Common Pain Situations Reported:
*A survey from the National Institute of Health Statistics included the question regarding the four most common types of pain. The responses included 27% back pain, 15% migraine or headache pain, 15% neck pain and 4% facial pain or ache.
*The leading cause for disabilities in the U.S. for those under forty five years is back pain. Over twenty six million Americans that are aged 20-64 report experiencing back pain that is considered frequent or chronic.
*Those adult individuals that report low back pain are often in reduced mental and physical health than those people that do not report chronic or persistent low back pain. Adults reporting chronic low back pain also included limited activity to the pain (28%) when compared to those without any lower back pain (10%). They were also three times more likely to have reduced health conditions from fair to poor and four times more likely to have serious distress relating to psychological situations than those adults that did not experience low back pain.
Pain Reduces Overall Quality of Life:
*Nearing 59% (two-thirds) of individuals report that pain has an impact on their quality of life.
*Over 77% (three quarters) of those people experiencing pain have reported feelings of depression.
*Seventy percent of people experiencing pain have reported difficulties in concentration.
*Seventy four percent of those individuals experiencing pain indicated an impact on their energy level.
*Eighty six percent of people experiencing pain report an inability to get a good night’s sleep.
Pain Knows No Age Barriers
*Over 26% (one quarter) of Americans (76.5 million) aged twenty years or over have reported that they have had a pain problem that persisted over twenty four hours.
*Pain that lasts over twenty four hours has been reported by adults at the rate of: 30% for those 45-64 years of age, 25% for those aged 20-44 and 21% for those aged 65 years and over.