A recent NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll shows that 1 in 5 American suffer with pain on a daily basis. Overall, 18% of Americans say that’s often a problem for them. Almost a quarter, 24% say that’s sometimes the case.
22% of people 65 and older said pain interferes often with their daily lives compared with only about 9% of people 35 and younger. The poll found that 63% of people had sought care for their pain and 37% hadn’t. Younger people were less likely to have pursued care. Overall, 26% of people found exercise as helpful for their pain, a decline in opioid prescribing could be part of the reason for the change. But options such as exercise and physical therapy are easier to access for people with higher incomes and a recent survey done on this sight, shows that 73.8% of chronic pain patients are no longer employable and 10.8% have been forced into lower paying jobs because of poorly managed chronic pain. The NPR poll finds that only 15% of people whose income was less than $25,000 a year cite exercise as a way they relieve pain. By comparison, about a third of people making $50,000 or more annually say it’s one way they deal with it.