Chronic pain is a major problem in America; however, until recently, it wasn’t clear just how widespread it had become.
According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, an estimated 100 million people, or one third of all Americans, suffer from some type of chronic pain. This means that pain affects more Americans than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined.
Additionally, a new study published in the Journal of Pain suggests that Americans spend approximately $635 billion annually on indirect and direct costs related to chronic pain.
To raise public awareness about just how common pain has become, the American Chronic Pain Association has named September “Pain Awareness Month.” Originally labeled back in 2001, September marks a period in which ACPA partners and both consumer groups and health care professionals work together to raise awareness in U.S. communities to bring positive change to the management of pain.
Although there have been great advances over the years in how healthcare professionals are able to treat pain, many people continue to cope with problems, because they simply do not know they can get relief.
For millions of Americans, chronic pain originates from TMJ disorder, which can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms, such as headaches, migraines, neck and facial pain, as well as dizziness and ringing in the ears.
Many people are surprised to learn that a simple oral appliance can prove to be a highly effective treatment for TMJ disorder that can put an end to their chronic pain. Call Collins Dentistry & Aestheitcs at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, to learn more.
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Spokane, WA 99223
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