Today a team of European pain experts issued an official report urging governments to take stronger measures towards preventing chronic pain and treating the 146.6 million Europeans who suffer from it.
Every year chronic back pain alone costs the British economy a staggering £12.3 billion. Costs are incurred from employee absenteeism, disability benefits and costs of medication on the National Health Service.
Experts are troubled by the sheer volume of people suffering from chronic pain in communities across the UK. Research carried out in 2003 shows that 1/3 of all sufferers have been left untreated.
Chronic pain is pain that lasts for weeks, months and sometimes years. It can drastically reduce the quality of an individual’s life and lead to other problematic conditions such as depression.