Highest Incidence of Chronic Pain in America's Poorest Neighborhoods
Posted Jun 12 2012 12:00am
The physical environment where you live may influence how you feel and experience pain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pain that found that residents in America’s poorest neighborhoods suffered from higher incidence of chronic pain.
Chronic pain patients have more resources than ever as there have been major advances in pain management over the last decades, and specialists such as acupuncture Bergen County NJ practitioner are taking a unique and very effective approach to chronic pain and injury. According to this new study, however, some populations may experience even more pain than the general population and as a result need special attention for both emotional and physical pain.
This study compared incidences of chronic pain in people aged 18 to 40 and discovered that there were significantly higher rates in lower income areas compared to more affluent areas. The researchers surveyed approximately 3,700 adults, and found the highest rates of chronic pain among African Americans.
In lower-income areas, people may have limited access to health insurance and as result may be less likely to visit a doctor. Dealing with health issues without the help of a doctor can cause worry and anxiety, which can further contribute to the experience of pain. The researchers suspect that most likely one ailment can easily lead to another if not properly treated.