NEUROMODULATION
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COST OF
CHRONIC
PAIN

UNDERSTANDING THE PHYSICAL,
FINANCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL IMPACT

THE PATH TO LIVING A FULLER LIFE WITH CHRONIC PAIN STARTS HERE

Chronic pain is one of the world’s most debilitating health conditions, one that can be a significant physical, financial, and even emotional burden. When you suffer from chronic pain, it can cause you to miss work, feel isolated, or reduce your overall quality of life. Understanding exactly how your pain affects you is a key step in helping you and your doctor decide on the best course of action. Keep reading to learn more about the many costs of chronic pain.

Everyone deals with pain at some point in their lives. But when pain becomes chronic, the consequences can go well beyond the physical symptoms you might experience. It’s not unusual for people suffering from chronic pain to need help from a caregiver or loved one in their day-to-day lives.

Here are just a few of the many challenging ways chronic pain can affect you and your caregiver:

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PHYSICAL COST

When chronic pain affects you physically, it doesn’t just cause you to feel a little “ouch” here and there. Lasting pain may limit your range of motion and prevent you from participating in many day-to-day activities, from work, to hobbies, to sleeping through the night.

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FINANCIAL COST

The total cost for pain in the United States may be between $560 and $635 billion. In a medical expenditure study, people with moderate pain had more than $4500 in higher healthcare costs than someone with no pain, and people with severe pain had more than $3200 higher costs than that.2 Chronic pain can cause you or your caregiver to miss work, take on fewer hours, or cost you a raise.

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EMOTIONAL COST

When you’re suffering from chronic pain, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by negative feelings. Chronic pain can make you feel isolated, frustrated, anxious, and left out from friends and your community. It’s important to have a support team that can help you through these emotional challenges.

Chronic pain costs infographic

The costs of chronic pain are real and can be challenging to deal with, but how do you know if your pain is chronic pain? Learn more about identifying the different types of chronic pain >

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References:

  1. Institute of Medicine. (2011). Relieving Pain in America Report 2011. Retrieved from
    https://uspainfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/IOM-Full-Report.pdf
  2. Darrell J. Gaskin, Patrick Richard. The Economic Costs of Pain in the United States. The Journal of Pain, 2012; 13 (8): 715 DOI:
    10.1016/j.jpain.2012.03.009
  3. Arnst, C., Licking, E., & Barrett, A. (1999). Conquering pain: New discoveries and treatments offer hope. Business Week, 3618, 102-106.
  4. Guo, H. R., Tanaka, S., Halperin, W. E., & Cameron, L. L. (1999). Back pain prevalence in U.S. industry and estimates of lost workdays.  American Journal of Public Health, 89, 1029-1035. http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/ajph.89.7.1029

FIND A PAIN SPECIALIST

Interested in learning more about neurostimulation for your chronic pain? Search for a doctor in your area who specializes in pain management.

 

JOSH’S CHRONIC PAIN STORY

Josh’s chronic pain story video

Josh, after exhausting other options, finds chronic pain relief and renewed joy as a husband, dad and friend, with spinal cord stimulation.

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