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Pain Facts

  • Pain is a significant public health problem that costs billions annually.1
  • An estimated 25.3 million American adults (11.2%) had pain every day for the preceding 3 months.2
  • Nearly 40 million American adults (17.6%) experience severe levels of pain. Those with severe pain are also likely to be in poor health.2
1. Institute of Medicine Report from the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education: Relieving Pain in America, A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research. The National Academies Press, 2011. Viewed at http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts_on_pain.aspx#common. Accessed April 16, 2018 2. National Institutes of Health website viewed at https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-analysis-shows-americans-are-pain. Accessed April 16, 2018