Persistent Pain  /  Prevalence & Incidence

Around 100 million Americans live with persistent pain–more Americans than are affected by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Persistent pain is a significant public health problem, costing the American economy around $560 to $635 billion annually. This amount is equal to a cost of $2,000 for every US citizen due to cost of health care and lost productivity.

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    • Approximately 100 million Americans live with persistent pain.  
    • Persistent pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.  
    • Around 43% of the US population lives with persistent pain.  
    • At least 1 in 3 Americans will experience severe persistent pain during their lifetime.  
    • Around 14% of adults who experience pain report that it lasts 3 months to a year and 42% report pain that lasts more than a year.  
    • Around 10% of Americans have severe, disabling persistent pain.  
    • Half of those with persistent pain report severe daily pain–rated as a 7 on a scale of 0 to 10.  
    • Most people with persistent pain have multiple sites of pain.  
    • An estimated 80% of surgical patients report post-operative pain. Around 10% to 50% of those patients develop persistent pain, and for 2% to 10% of them the persistent pain…  
    • When asked about 4 common types of persistent pain, low back pain was ranked the most common at 27%, followed by severe headache/migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%0, and…  
    • Musculoskeletal pain, especially joint and back pain, is the most common single type of persistent pain.  
    • More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 experience frequent back pain.  
    • Around 46 million Americans suffer from pain-causing arthritis or other rheumatic conditions.  
    • Arthritis is the most common painful condition reported in U.S. nursing home residents.  
    • Nearly 1 million Americans develop shingles each year and 10% to 15% of sufferers develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)–shingles associated pain that lasts for more than 3 months.  
    • Most people with advanced cancer report pain–60% to 85%.  
    • Fibromyalgia is a widespread pain disorder that affects 3.4% of women and 0.5% of men in the U.S.  
    • A third of people in hospice report pain at their last hospice care visit before death.  
    • More than 50% of all hospitalized patients experience pain in the last days of their lives and despite proven therapies for pain relief, family members report that the patient experienced…  
    • The Percentage of Americans Age 20 and Older With Pain is On the Rise