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Pain Awareness Month

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Jessica Shaw

September is Pain Awareness Month, a time to advocate about issues related to chronic pain as well as offer support to all the millions who are affected by common conditions like arthritis, shingles, sclerosis, fibromyalgia and more. Click here to explore some more fast facts regarding chronic pain as well as be sure to check out some of our customers’ tips and tricks on how to manage everyday pain. 

History

Pain Awareness Month was founded in 2001 by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), who also founded Partners for Understanding Pain, along with 80 other organizations to help spread awareness. 

Quick Stats On Chronic Pain

Examples Of Chronic Pain Conditions

Different Types Of Chronic Pain and Forms Of Care

When it comes to chronic pain, there are numerous different kinds. Not just when it comes to the conditions that cause chronic pain, but specifically with the severity, longevity and manageability of those conditions in addition to their symptoms as well as where and how they occur in the body. For example, acute pain or discomfort, is different from chronic pain in that it only lasts for about 3-6 months whereas chronic pain lasts longer than 6 months and may have no defined termination - meaning it could continue indefinitely. 

High-impact pain lasts longer than 6 months, but inhibits the range of motion such as the ability to participate in normal activities such as walking, lifting objects and even standing for long periods of time. Beyond that, chronic pain can also lead to struggles with depression and anxiety - learn more about chronic pain and its effect on behavioral and mental health.

How You Can Support

To get involved with Pain Awareness Month there are a multitude of ways for you to show your support. For example:

  • Starting a fundraiser to give back to community members that you know suffer from chronic pain or even donating directly to a charity such as the United Pain Foundation who conduct research and provide programs that assist those suffering from chronic pain.
  • Practice healthy habits and proactively exercise. By stretching and working your muscles daily, you can prevent future injuries as well as encourage others to regularize more pain management activities in their everyday routines. 
  • Promote Pain Awareness Month on social media and spread the word about local providers in your community that may be hosting educational webinars or other promotional events.
  • From community outreach to government policies, the most important step in supporting Pain Awareness Month is staying informed. To learn even more and to explore more ideas, click here.

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