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According to the Institute of Medicine, acute and chronic pain affects at least 100 million U.S. adults, and its cost to the nation’s economy is estimated between $560 billion to $630 billion in direct medical costs and lost productivity. Back pain alone produces chronic disability in 1 percent of the U.S. population and is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old.

“Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than three months,” said Richard Dentico, M.D. board certified in Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, and is with the Orthopedic Associates of the Hudson Valley, Northern Dutchess Hospital. “All pain is perceived in the brain. In certain situations, it’s almost like a short circuit of the nerves in the body that sends signals to the brain that we’re in pain.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics data, the most chronic pain in adults includes severe headache or migraine, low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, finger pain and hip pain.

On the third day of her new waitressing job in 2004, Ann Marie Bybel walked through the kitchen door carrying hot dishes, tripped over plastic trays that were in her way and hit the floor. The accident resulted in second-degree burns on her body and two herniated disks in her back.

Bybel has tried acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic care to try and reduce the pain.

“Acupuncture didn’t help and massage helped a little, but I feel a lot better when I go to the chiropractor,” she said.

Full article: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/wellness/2015/03/26/chronic-pain-health/70513802/

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Written by Lisa Iannucci

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