FACTS ABOUT CHRONIC PAIN
[ From Wall Street Journal May 11, 2010 ]
Some 76.5 million [26% of adults] Americans suffer from chronic pain—more than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
Chronic pain is defined lasting more than 6 months.
People over 65 are the least likely to report chronic pain, while those aged 45 to 64 are most likely.
More women than men, more whites than blacks.
Low-back pain is most common. Then headaches, migraines and neck pain.
Chronic pain costs $100 billion a year for care, lost income and reduced productivity.