For those who suffer with chronic pain, the statement that ‘pain is a major health problem in the U.S.’ seems a vast understatement. In fact, pain is the single most common complaint among emergency room visitors in America. But, there is good news for those who are troubled by it.
A report to Congress entitled ‘Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Treatment, and Research’ is the first step in a campaign to raise awareness of chronic pain and the effect it has on the lives of millions across the nation. This presentation was delivered by the Institute of Medicine.
In addition to the generalized purpose of promoting better health care for long term sufferers, it is also highlighting those treatments that have shown great promise in recent years. For instance, spinal cord stimulation, or SCS, was noted as an excellent option. The goal is to continue to improve methods like these and break down barriers existing for the patients who only want to feel relief. SCS has been shown to have dramatic effects on chronic pain in the lower back and limbs, including that caused by Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.
The hope that is wrapped up in this thorough report is for a day when all pain sufferers are able to receive the help they need and that doctors in the field will continue to receive up-to-date briefing on all available research and strategies, so the very best map of care can be laid out.
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