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AOA Pain Education Campaign Includes New Pain Assessment Tools

With more than 90 percent of Americans underestimating the severity and prevalence of chronic pain, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has launched a “Break Through Your Pain” public education campaign. By exposing common misperceptions associated with chronic pain, the campaign is designed to empower people living in pain to get the help and resources they need.

The campaign coincides with the launch of new pain assessment tools that can help individuals describe and track their pain. According to a new survey by the AOA, nearly 70 percent of Americans report that they or someone they care for have experienced pain during the past 30 days. Chronic or reoccurring pain still affects more Americans than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. In fact, more than 76 million people live in pain every day.

The AOA survey found that most Americans believe the myths that are associated with pain and then go on to ignore, downplay or under-treat their own chronic pain:

  • Nearly half (48 percent) of Americans don’t believe pain is something that can be eased with proper treatment.
  • Two in five (41percent) Americans believe pain is just a standard part of the aging process, while one out of 10 people would simply ignore the pain.
  • Nearly two in five (36 percent) Americans would refuse physician-recommended or prescribed pain medication for fear of becoming addicted.
  • One in three (34 percent) Americans believe pain medications that come with side effects are worse than the pain itself.
  • One in three (31 percent) Americans would not even speak to a medical professional about their pain for fear they could not afford treatment.
  • Only one in five Americans (18 percent) would speak to a specialist if experiencing chronic pain.

More information and downloadable pain management tools from the AOA campaign are available at www.osteopathic.org.

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Source: American Osteopathic Association, October 6, 2010


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