Why chronic pain is a psychological and physical disease

Why chronic pain is a psychological and physical disease

ST. LOUIS, October 10, 2019 – Whether we accidentally stub our toe or touch a hot pan, everyone experiences pain. Most pain resolves quickly as the injury heals, but, in some cases, the pain can last beyond the time of normal healing. Chronic pain, often defined as pain exceeding three months, affects one in five…

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Treating Chronic Pain as a Public Health Crisis

Treating Chronic Pain as a Public Health Crisis

ST. LOUIS, April, 2019 —  The chronic pain crisis is nationally recognized and locally magnified. Although sudden acute physical pain can be a life-saving alert, “chronic pain” is defined as maladaptive prolonged pain exceeding three months. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in five U.S….

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New RHC Report Offers Recommendations to Improve Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment in the St. Louis Region and State of Missouri

New RHC Report Offers Recommendations to Improve Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment in the St. Louis Region and State of Missouri

ST. LOUIS, February 2, 2019 – The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) released the Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment Policy Paper for regional stakeholders as part of its Chronic Pain Initiative, a regional effort to prevent and reduce the impact of chronic pain. The RHC’s policy paper, synthesizing national and local expertise, details four major policy recommendations:…

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