Followers of this blog are familiar with the idea of chronic pain being much more common than you might initially think. However, you might not realize just how many Americans suffer from chronic pain without taking a look at recent statistics and surveys.
- about 1 in 2 Americans suffer from some type of chronic pain.
- 31% of American adults report chronic back/neck pain
- 26% report a leg/knee condition, and 18% have another type of chronic pain.
- 47% report 1 or 2 types of the pain listed above
- 7% report experiencing all three types of the pain listed above.
When the numbers from the survey were broken down further, it was reported that one in five people between their 40s and 80s experienced recurring pain. Interestingly, reports of chronic pain increased between ages 18 and 59 (from 16% to 37%), but those chronic pain reports stopped increasing once people turned 60.
These data suggest that the occurrence of chronic pain among the nation's adult population is much higher than most people realize. Chronic pain is also often caused by a traumatic injury, such as ones that result from a car crash or slip-and-fall. If you have pain that persists more than 6 months, it is often considered chronic and may require a lifetime of medical care and expenses. In those situations, it may be prudent to consult with an attorney if you have chronic pain that has resulted from an injury due to the fault of another.
For more information on Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania personal injury practice, please visit his website or call him at 814-946-4100.