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Partners for Understanding Pain

LogoPain is cited as the most common reason Americans access health care. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs. It is important that your voice is heard if we are to improve the care of people with headache and other pain conditions.

The National Headache Foundation joins 56 other organizations in the Partners for Understanding Pain. The partnership is organized by the American Chronic Pain Association and is committed to helping those with chronic, acute, and cancer pain lead better lives. It strives to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families struggling with pain, the business community, legislators, and the public that pain is a serious public health issue.

The month of September is Pain Awareness Month. The National Headache Foundation and other Partners for Understanding Pain work to raise public awareness of headache and other issues in pain and pain management. We can’t do it alone, however.

We need everyone to get involved to promote Pain Awareness Month and to help those with chronic, acute, and cancer pain.

There are many things you can do in support of the partnership’s mission and suggestions can be found on the American Chronic Pain Association website. Ways that you can let your voice be heard include:

Together our voices can make a difference.

  • Denise Schneider, PT, FAAOMPT, COMT, TPS, ATC
    Posted at 04:29h, 24 September

    Physical therapists are major players involved in the fight against pain. Physical therapy has been proven to be a safe alternative to invasive interventions to treat chronic pain and is a necessary component in comprehensive care. Physical therapy treatment is tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient. Treatment may include: manual therapy, such as mobilization of joints and soft tissue; exercise, such as strengthening, flexibility, and cardiovascular; relaxation exercise and strategies; and pain-relieving modalities, such as ice and heat.
    Physical therapists are trained to treat headache conditions, such as tension type headache, cervicogenic headache, and migraine. When choosing a physical therapist for a headache condition, be sure to choose one that has appropriate experience. Many people think they need to live with the pain. Let’s take a stand and fight back! Physical therapists are here to help.

  • Virginia Pleban
    Posted at 16:31h, 22 September

    I have many stories to share with the media or whoever might be interested. I have had migraines since I was about 35-40 years old. I am now 77 and I think the formula has been good for me. I have had numerous doctors and lots of medication, which didn’t do a darn thing for me.
    I am will to submit what might work best for what you want people to learn. You have my email address, so I will wait to hear from someone. Thank you. Virginia Pleban

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