Debra’s chronic pain isn’t particularly unique. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine pointed out that about 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, with an overall annual cost of between $560 and $635 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity.
Pain medication is one way to deal with pain, but increasingly providers are encouraging their patients to manage their pain using other techniques — like meditation, massage and talk therapy. In fact, a new study on the effectiveness of massage to treat back pain was just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Do you have chronic pain? What have you tried? What works for you?