Joint and body pain is something we all experience at some point, but not necessarily something for which we actually seek care.

September serves as Pain Awareness Month, the American Chronic Pain Association’s (ACPA) concerted effort to drum up public awareness to the issues of pain and pain management.

The month’s goal is to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the general public that pain is a serious public health issue. This is especially true with chronic pain, which needs to be more readily recognized and better understood.

Memorial Healthcare offers some of the most sophisticated bone and joint services in the world, so Pain Awareness Month is definitely meaningful to us. The knowledge and expertise our team provides is something typically only found in larger, urban settings – and it’s right here in Owosso.

It’s not solely our duty to treat those in our community, but to educate. One hundred million people suffer from chronic pain, which is more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.

No matter how acute the pain seems, we should be encouraging friends, family, and coworkers to actively seek treatment. Abdicating treatment could mean serious consequences. For example, Adults with low back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people without. Adults reporting low back pain were three times as likely to be in fair or poor health.

Chronic pain is a detriment to daily life. It shouldn’t be ignored. Seventy-seven percent of patients report feeling depressed.

For those requiring more extensive, joint replacement services, Memorial Healthcare even offers a pre-surgery Joint Academy experience. It’s a one-time session to learn valuable information about how to prepare for surgery and how to have a successful and effective recovery after surgery.

Additionally, Memorial Healthcare bone and joint services include sports injury management, bone, joint and ligament repair, foot and ankle services and surgery, hands and wrists, shoulder, rotator cuff repair, and much more.

Participate in Pain Awareness Month. All you have to do is engage.