What is pain?

Pain is a distressing sensory or emotional experience associated with intense or damaging tissue structural damage

Acute pain generally lasts for 1-2 months, resulting from injury and while the tissue is healing.

Chronic pain lasts for more than 3 months, after healing should have occurred.

  • Sometimes there is ongoing tissue damage: e.g. arthritis, cancer, nerve damage
  • More often there is no detectable tissue damage but there is ongoing activity in the tissue damage-warning nerves in the spinal cord and brain

The chronic pain sufferer can become debilitated due to fear of moving and/or distressed about not being able to function.

The cost of pain

In 2018

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Australians lived with chronic pain. This is set to rise to 5.23 million by 2050

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also live with depression and anxiety

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The annual cost of associated lost workdays and healthcare to the economy

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Projected prevalence of chronic pain by 2050

Source: Painaustralia and Deloitte Access Economics