Join NHF, U.S. Pain Foundation for Pain Awareness Month

The National Headache Foundation is proud to join the U.S. Pain Foundation this Pain Awareness Month. There are no shortage of activities you and your friends and family can participate in to raise awareness for individuals affected by chronic pain, including migraine and other headache disorders.

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. It’s the leading cause of disability and the primary reason for doctor’s visits. Still, as you may have experienced with your headache or migraine, it’s often misunderstood and undertreated.

This September the U.S. Pain Foundation is leading the efforts for Pain Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase awareness about chronic pain.

“We talk a lot about the opioid crisis, but we don’t talk much about chronic pain,” Paul Gileno, president and founder of the U.S. Pain Foundation said in a press release. “In order to effectively address the opioid epidemic, we should also be thinking about how to address the parallel problem of chronic pain, whether by providing more funding for pain research, encouraging insurers to provide more coverage for nonpharmaceutical treatment options, or creating better support services for people and families affected by pain.”

Participating in the 30-Day Challenge to raise awareness for chronic pain on social media and sponsoring the ClusterBusters Conference that will be held from September 14-17 outside Chicago are among the ways the National Headache Foundation will be participating in this September.

If you’re looking for ways you can participate, visit for some suggestions.

  • Denise Schneider
    Posted at 05:56h, 26 September Reply

    Mr. Gileno makes a great point about non pharmaceutical treatment options.
    An option that has proven to be beneficial for chronic pain and headache sufferers include physical therapy. Physical therapy is beneficial for certain types of headache and has been proven to: decrease/resolve the intensity and frequency of headache, decrease the duration of headache, decrease medication use, improve function and mobility, and overall improve quality of life. The physical therapist will perform a clinical examination and development a specific individualized treatment program to fit the specific needs of the headache sufferer. For more information on physical therapy for headaches, please contact the National Headache Foundation.

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