Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Its Role in the Prevention, Treatment and Management of Chronic Pain
SOURCE: J Canadian Chiro Assoc 2012 (Mar); 56 (1): 5-7
Dr. John Srbely DC, PhD
Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences,
University of Guelph.
CCRF Professorship in Spine Mechanics and Human Neurophysiology
College of Biological Sciences,
University of Guelph
Chronic pain is a worldwide epidemic. It is characterized as “pain that persists beyond normal tissue healing time”  and is physiologically distinct from acute nociceptive pain. The current research estimates the prevalence of chronic pain in the general population to be anywhere from 10–55%,  predominantly affecting the adult population. Studies indicate that the prevalence of chronic pain in the over-60 age group is double that for younger adults.  Furthermore, over 80% of elderly (over 65) adults suffer from some form of painful chronic joint disease  and greater than 85% of the general population will experience some form of chronic myofascial pain during their lifetime. 
Chronic pain has substantial impact on sufferers, often citing significant impairments in physical, social and psychological function.  Many patients suffer from progressive health and physical deterioration owing to sleep and appetite disturbances, anxiety, depression, decreased physical energy and activity as well as excessive use of medication.  Chronic pain often leads to social withdrawal, impaired personal relationships and job loss.  Recent estimates suggest that 50–85% of adults report some degree of pain that may interfere with daily activities and quality of life. 
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Chronic pain sufferers are five times more likely to utilize health care services than non-pain sufferers.  Conservative figures estimate that the annual cost of managing chronic pain in the United States currently exceeds $40 billion annually.  Of greatest concern is the fact that the ratio of the over-65:under-65 segments of the population is projected to double by 2050,  promising to make chronic pain one of healthcare’s foremost challenges in the future.
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