The recent death of Prince has once again focused attention on the epidemic of chronic pain and its treatment in the U.S. The legendary musician died April 21, with reports suggesting he may have overdosed on prescription pain medication. The American Chronic Pain Association likens a patient with chronic pain to a car with four flat tires. Medication can pump up one tire, but to get the car back on the road, a more comprehensive treatment plan is necessary.
In addition to prescription and over-the-counter drugs, patients with chronic pain (defined as pain that lasts more than six months) need a range of treatments and services, including physical therapy, biofeedback, nutritional counseling, and support groups. he cost of a comprehensive treatment plan can be exorbitant. Cheapism.com consulted medical practitioners and individuals who have dealt with chronic pain to find some of the best free and inexpensive resources.