Understanding incidence beyond prevalence is critical to understanding how chronic pain manifests and evolves. Data on pain progression stresses the need for increased use of multimodal, multidisciplinary interventions to change the course of pain and improve patient outcomes. The study found that the rate of chronic and high-impact chronic pain (HICP) among adults is approximately 21% and 8%, respectively. Chronic pain is pain experienced on most days or every day in the past three months, and HICP is pain that limits life or work activities on most days or every day during the past three months. The links between the overall burden of chronic pain and the country's opioid epidemic emphasize the urgency to understand and address the pain issue.
The study offers several key findings:
New chronic pain cases were high, at 52.4 per 1,000 persons per year. It was compared to other common chronic conditions, such as:
This study does not just demonstrate the country's terrible burden of pain. But, we have an urgent scientific imperative to expand our tools to fight pain to restore people to a pain-free life. The onset of any chronic condition is pivotal, and early intervention can significantly affect the situation's toll on an individual.
Nahin RL, Feinberg T, Kapos FP, Terman GW. Estimated Rates of Incident and Persistent Chronic Pain Among US Adults, 2019-2020. JAMA Netw Open. 2023. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.13563
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