Did you know that September is National Pain Awareness Month? Established in 2001 by the American Chronic Pain Association, the entire month is meant to bring attention to the issues of pain and healthy pain management.
According to the National Institutes for Health, chronic pain is the number one cause of long-term disability in the United States. More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain; that’s more than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. And 80% of people suffering from chronic pain are between the ages of 24 and 64.
Treatment for Chronic Pain
Depending on the level of pain you are experiencing and the way your injury has impacted your physical ability, exercise may be an effective way to handle pain. Even gentle movements and slower paces can be beneficial for pain management following an injury. In addition to self-care, treatments for chronic pain may include:
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Various forms of physical therapy
Chronic Pain and drug addiction
Prescription drug abuse has, in many ways, fueled the epidemic of drug addiction and opioid-related deaths in our country. Sufferers are often prescribed opioid medications, and for many this treatment is successful. But unfortunately for others, it’s not. While an opioid-based pain medication may be the best possible treatment for one patient, that same medication may be dangerous to another and lead to drug addiction. It is vital that medication therapy for chronic pain be prescribed by a health care provider knowledgeable in pain management and addiction.
Tragically in some cases, opioids are the only type of pain management that insurance will pay for following an automobile accident. If you or a loved one has been in an accident and your insurance company will not pay for conservative treatment like chiropractic care or acupuncture, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your rights against your insurance company. You have the right to reasonable and necessary health care for your chronic pain and other injuries. Making sure the responsible party pays your medical bills is just one of the many reasons it is beneficial to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as you have been involved in an accident. For a free consultation with our team at Scartelli Olszewski, contact us today.