In 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) declared and ran the first Pain Awareness Month in September. Since then, the tradition has carried on every year, raising awareness for different types of pain that we experience daily. The purpose of Pain Awareness Month is not only to help the general public realize how widespread general pain is, but to educate on what to do with pain, as well as help raise funds for curing different types of pain. It is a unified movement to improve treatments and relax the suffering felt by those experiencing pain.
When this tradition first started, the ACPA joined 80 organizations together in a coalition called Partners for Understanding Pain. These groups involved medical professionals, community organizers, pain specialists, and a variety of consumer groups. Since then, the movement has grown, and every September a countless number of businesses are involved with Pain Awareness Month.
Participating in Pain Awareness month is easy, get involved in whatever way is comfortable for you. For some, that may simply mean discussing Pain Awareness Month with friends and family, and agreeing on what you can do together to improve your daily routines to reduce pains. For others, community service or helping with local events may feel like a better fit.
Most importantly, make an effort to take care of yourself. If you are experiencing pain in New Jersey and are looking for the best treatment, contact us at Garden State Pain to request an appointment.