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Economic Pain Contributing to Acute Physical Pain for Many Americans, New Survey Says
Date:9/21/2009

BALTIMORE, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey from the American Pain Foundation says economic pain from the recession is contributing to acute, or short-term, physical pain for Americans. According to the survey, released today during National Pain Awareness Month, 68 percent of people who experienced acute back pain or other minor muscle strains and sprains in the past year said that the recession caused, increased or affected their pain, often because of greater stress and working harder at home and on the job.

For many of those surveyed, the economy's effect was pronounced, with 37 percent of people who experienced acute back pain or other minor muscle strains and sprains reporting that some aspect of the recession had a big impact on their pain. Specifically:

  • More than a quarter (27 percent) said greater stress, pressure, anxiety or worry related to the recession had a big effect on their pain.
  • Close to one in three (29 percent) said working harder, either at home (17 percent) or on the job (17 percent), had a big effect on their pain.
  • More than one-fifth of respondents (21 percent) said health problems related to the recession -- like sleeplessness, eating habits or cutting back on healthcare -- had a big effect on their pain.

"These findings demonstrate the unexpected impact that mental and physical stress can have on our bodies. In addition to stress and other health effects of the recession, this survey indicates there is an actual physical effect that translates into pain and injuries for Americans working harder to keep up with the tasks of daily life," said Will Rowe, chief executive officer of the American Pain Foundation. "As many of us take on more at work and at home to cope with economic uncertainty, it is important not to do it at the expense of our health."

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