The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) back in 2001 declared September as Pain Awareness month. During this time, various organizations will work to raise awareness to issues in pain and pain management.
Pain is the body’s natural warning signal that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Chronic pain is defined as any ongoing pain which has persisted for longer than six months and adversely affects a person’s well being. Chronic pain can be triggered by a previous injury that has healed or there could be no trigger at all. Some of the most common forms of chronic pain are headaches, arthritis, neck pain, and lower back pain.
Those suffering can have physical side effects including tense muscles, limited mobility, reduced energy, or a lack of appetite, as well as mental side effects including depression, anger, and anxiety.
It is estimated that nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain, more than those with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Chronic pain is the number one reason Americans access the healthcare system and is the leading cause of disability. As a result, chronic pain has cost the American healthcare system up to $635 billion annually.
Along with the economic cost, chronic pain has been a contributing factor the Opioid Crisis. Patients with a higher than average self-rated pain score were prescribed opioids to help relieve the pain and many became addicted as a result. While pill mills have been shut own, counterfeit pills have only continued to take advantaged of addicted patients hoping to stop the pain. None drug related therapeutics have been developed as a result in order to replace opioid medication to prevent further addictions from developing.
Tackling the Issue of Chronic Pain
Alivi has been at work developing solutions in order to help reduce and potentially eliminate member’s chronic pain. These solutions were designed specifically to work at the likely sources of our member’s pain:
· Alivi’s Acupuncture Solution is CMS approved and covered for Medicare Beneficiaries that have chronic lower back pain (cLBP)
· Alivi’s Chiropractic Solution is designed to make adjustments (manipulations) to the spine. The goal is to correct alignment problems and ease pain and, depending on Health Plan, can be a supplemental benefit for Medicare Beneficiaries to correct subluxation (a misalignment of the vertebrae of the spine)
· Alivi’s Massage Therapy Solution is the manipulation of soft tissue in the body for the treatment of body stress or pain
· Alivi’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Solution’s are both designed to exercise or stretch a previously injured area in order to regain strength in that part of the boy
Each solution is readily available to members of Alivi.
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