September is Pain Awareness Month; a time for organizations to raise awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management. According to The American Chronic Pain Association, “the first Pain Awareness Month was in 2001, when the ACPA led a coalition of groups to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. ACPA established Partners for Understanding Pain and 80 other organizations, both health care professionals and consumer groups, that have supported the effort.”
We at the Performance Health Academy would like to extend our support of this month by covering an important pain management issue affecting many people young and old.
Back in February we covered the abuse of opioids in the battle against chronic pain. The American Physical Therapy Association is fighting back by launching their #ChoosePT campaign to get users off prescription drugs and into the physical therapy clinic to rehabilitate and eliminate their pain. We encourage you to read the article to learn more about their recommendations on chronic pain relief and the research supporting alternative methods.
The key to raising awareness is to get involved. There are many things that you can do to help promote Pain Awareness Month.
- Join the conversation on social media! Like The American Chronic Pain Association on Facebook, follow @TheACPA on Twitter and stay up to date with the #PainAwarenessMonth hash tag.
- Learn more about the history of Pain Awareness Month .
- Donate to The American Chronic Pain Association to support those with chronic pain.
- Look through the Pain Awareness Toolkits for information for working collaboratively with healthcare professionals, consumer and professional organizations and more to ensure that those who suffer from pain have access to effective therapy.