September is National Pain Awareness month. Education, awareness and action along with information about the latest advances in pain treatment can help bring chronic pain relief to the more than 100 million Americans who experience pain in their day-to-day lives.
The History of Chronic Pain Awareness
In 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association established Partners for Understanding Pain, and with the support of over 80 organizations of health care professionals and consumers, declared September Pain Awareness Month. Their goal was to use traditional media, public forums and other communication resources to help foster the understanding of chronic pain while eliminating the unfortunate stigma that historically was often attached to chronic pain sufferers. When health care professionals, individuals, businesses and legislators work together toward chronic pain awareness and understanding, this serious public health issue is more effectively addressed.
Help Raise Awareness
Are you or someone you love in need of chronic pain relief? Do you want to help raise awareness of this life changing health problem? Take time this September to help educate your community.
- Talk to your primary care health provider and let them know about Pain Awareness Month so they can join the fight.
- Communicate the importance of recognizing Pain Awareness Month to your local government and community leaders.
- Contact local media and ask them to help spread the news in your community.
Partners for Understanding Pain supports the National Pain Strategy, a plan for effective, safe, high quality pain care and management. You can encourage local legislatures to enact this strategy using the sample letter for legislators found here.
Check out The American Chronic Pain Association website for other tools and resources that can help you raise chronic pain awareness in your neighborhood. And don’t forget to take care of yourself. If you are looking for chronic pain relief, Envista Neck & Back can help. We provide natural, safe and effective pain healing techniques incorporated in medical or chiropractic care to bring our patients the relief they need. Contact us today for a free consultation.