Millions of Americans Suffer from Chronic Pain
What is the difference between acute pain and chronic pain?
Acute pain is of short, limited duration. Acute pain generally abates once it is diagnosed and treated. It usually is the result of an injury, surgery, or illness that goes away as it heals.
Chronic pain continues for longer periods of time, month after month, sometimes years, even despite the healing of the original injury, surgery or illness and the cause of this intractable pain remains unknown. This kind of pain is harder to diagnose and treat.
Pain affects people of all ages. Chronic pain is a common disability for older Americans. It's also a fact that in the USA over 30 million people less than 45 years of age suffer from disabling, chronic low back pain. These people, all across the country, feel forced to live with pain.