Chronic pain: Information resources on the internet

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Abstract

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than one month after onset or pain that recurs after onset of injury or illness. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain conditions, whether from diseases such as diabetes or HIV infection or as a result of injured nerves, bones, or other tissues. The socioeconomic burden of chronic pain is immense. Estimates of the economic impact alone from health care expenses, lost productivity, and lost wages are $100 billion annually. This article provides a general overview of noncancer causes of chronic pain symptoms, conditions, disease burden, and treatments. Authoritative Web sites for chronic pain information and patient resources are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-50
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • Internet
  • Pain management
  • Pain medicine

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