SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed September as Pain Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, chronic pain is the nation’s primary cause of lost workdays. It affects nearly 100 million Americans, and costs over $600 billion in medical treatments per year.
To raise awareness of chronic pain and its treatment, Advanced Pain Management (APM), the Wisconsin chapter of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) and the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) joined efforts to get the proclamation by the Office of the Governor. Through the proclamation, doctors with APM and representatives of ASPMN and ACPA hope to facilitate an improved quality of life for those suffering from pain and increase their access to appropriate pain management treatment.
“Pain is a costly epidemic that causes millions of Americans to suffer and millions of dollars’ worth of employee productivity to be lost,” said Dr. Donald Harvey, chief medical officer of Advanced Pain Management. “Pain Awareness Month is intended to get Wisconsinites to recognize the symptoms of pain and get appropriate relief so they don’t have to miss work or other activities.”
According to Harvey, the most common type of pain is lower back pain, followed by severe headaches or migraines. It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
Organizations supporting the Pain Awareness Month initiative are part of a national campaign that takes place annually during September to help raise awareness.
Advanced Pain Management is one of the largest single-specialty pain management groups in the country, with more than 30 board-certified interventional pain physicians performing the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques for pain control. Advanced Pain Management physicians operate out of more than 60 locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana and complete over 250,000 patient encounters annually in both Ambulatory Surgical Centers and clinic settings.