The month of September has been declared Pain Awareness Month. This month is a time for various organizations to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.
Pain Awareness Month was established in 2001 when the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) led a coalition in 2001. This coalition was committed to raising awareness through mass media, public forums, and other sources so that chronic pain may be more readily recognized, better understood without the traditional stigma attached, and more fittingly treated and managed. The partnership, spearheaded by the ACPA strived to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals, and families who are struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the general public that pain is a serious public health issue.
What You Need to Know
- Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain —more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
- Pain is a warning sign that indicates a problem that needs attention.
- Pain starts in receptor nerve cells located beneath the skin and in organs throughout the body.
- Living with pain can be debilitating and adversely affect everyday life.
How Can You Get Involved?
- Talk with friends and family.
- Talk with your healthcare provider.
- Take care of yourself! Take time out for yourself this month.