85% of Washington Residents Say They or Loved Ones Are Experiencing Pain

A survey by the American Osteopathic Association found almost 85 percent of Washington residents say they or someone they care for have experienced pain in the past 30 days, according to a news release.

Eighty-five percent of Washington residents also underestimate the severity and prevalence of chronic pain. Survey results showed that most Washingtonians believed the common pain myths. For example, 47 percent believed pain is just a part of life and 35 percent do not believe pain is something that can be eased with proper treatment.

Only 45 percent would speak to a specialist if they experience chronic pain, 31 percent would not speak to a medical professional about their pain for fear of expensive treatment and 41 percent fear prescription pain relief medications are easily addictive.

In addition, it took Washington residents who sought treatment for pain an average of five weeks to find a physician, while 25 percent have not found a physician to help manage pain. To educate consumers about pain, the AOA began a "Break Through Your Pain" campaign, which offers resources on the AOA website.

Read the news release on the American Osteopathic Association survey on pain.

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