At The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, many of our services are catered towards helping patients living with pain. Our physicians are experienced in administering epidural steroid injections, an effective adjunct treatment for patients with neck, lower back, arm, and leg pain. Sometimes, in combination with rehabilitation medicine and physical therapy, treatments such as this provide the pain relief patients need to regain quality of life. For the 100 million Americans living with chronic pain, however, the quest for pain relief is an ongoing battle.
The one in three people who suffer from any kind of physical pain often struggle with finding others who can relate to them and with describing their pain to their friends, families, and doctors. While there is currently no cure for chronic pain, there are at least treatments for it, and organizations dedicated to ensuring that those treatments are readily available and raising awareness. Here are five wonderful organizations you can support that advocate for the treatment of pain.
The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) was founded in 1980 with the goal of offering support and education in pain management for anyone suffering from pain, their caregivers, and healthcare professionals. 37 years later, and their sponsorship and membership have grown, but their goals remain the same. Their mission is to facilitate peer support and education for those living with chronic pain, as well as raise public awareness, and they fulfill that by offering hundreds of support groups around the world.
The American Pain Society (APS) is dedicated to improving pain relief for all people who are dealing with it. It is a community that brings together scientists, doctors, and anyone committed to healthcare reform to raise awareness of pain and influence public policy surrounding pain management. Their ultimate goal is to improve pain treatment and make it more available. Interested philanthropists can support the foundation by becoming a member, or by joining a shared interest group or committee.
The Arthritis Foundation refers to itself as “the Champion of Yes” because it strives to find a cure for arthritis and create opportunities for those suffering with it to lead a better life. By promoting accessibility, advocacy, research, and support, they are leading the fight for the arthritis community. The Arthritis Foundation hosts ample opportunities for those wanting to join the fight for a cure, such as the Walk to Cure Arthritis, juvenile arthritis camps and conferences, bike marathons, and plenty of volunteer opportunities.
Fibromyalgia is a common chronic pain disorder, affecting millions of people worldwide, yet is often difficult to diagnose and understand because many of its symptoms, such as fatigue, troubled sleep, and widespread pain, could be mistaken for something else. The NFA, founded in 1997 by two women concerned with the lack of attention and support for fibromyalgia, is the largest nonprofit organization working to support those living with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. The organization continues to grow on an international scale, and they are always seeking support. You can offer yours by making a charitable donation, shopping in the NFA store, starting your own fundraiser, or getting involved with an event.
The U.S. Pain Foundation is a community for those living with any kind of pain to find support and connect with others in their community, and, as a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, it also seeks support to further its mission of advocating for proper pain care. You can learn more about the foundation and its dedicated founder, Paul Gileno, by visiting their website. You can also make a donation, become an advocate, or share your story with others in the pain community.
Any one of these organizations would be a great investment of your time and support if you want to advocate for pain awareness and relief. You can learn more by visiting their websites.