New research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has revealed that the majority of American adults are in pain.
Researchers analyzed data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and found that the level of pain experienced ranged from brief to longer lasting pain, and from relatively minor to more severe pain.
Published in The Journal of Pain, the report revealed that approximately 25.3 million adults had pain every day for the preceding 3 months. It also showed that nearly 40 million adults experience severe levels of pain.
The survey, conducted annually by the CDC, interviews tens of thousands of Americans about their experiences with health and illness. The 2012 NHIS asked 8,781 adults about the frequency and intensity of pain experienced in the prior 3 months.
“Over 14 million people suffer from severe pain; and these people use more healthcare, have worse health and have more disability, said Gary Schwartz, MD. “As the population continues to age and people live longer; these numbers will continue to rise.”
Schwartz, a board-certified anesthesiologist, told Clinical Pain Advisor that to alleviate pain in patients physicians have continued to use “complimentary medicine approaches in addition to western medicine.”
Some of these treatments include manipulation, chiropractic care, yoga, massage and natural products.
For him, the NIH’s research “continues to show that pain is important problem which needs to be addressed and we have to continue to study complementary and alternative approaches to care.”