September is National Pain Awareness Month


It affects more Americans than diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. It can result in extremely long and costly hospital stays and a decreased ability in daily functioning.


Acute and chronic pain is a sad fact of life for almost one-third of the population. With September designated as “National Pain Awareness Month”, the health care team at South Lake Pain Institute hopes to grow awareness through education.

“About 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain— that’s 1 in 3, more than stroke, heart disease or cancer combined. For those living with persistent pain conditions they often feel isolated as others cannot comprehend the impact pain has on every aspect of life. We know chronic pain prevents people from enjoying a full life as work, family and social life is impacted,” states Dr. Julio, Paez, M.D.


“We talk a lot about health in the United States, but we don’t talk much about chronic pain. As Americans continue to age, pain and pain management are becoming even bigger facts of life as bodies begin to show the wear and tear of decades of use,” adds Dr. Julie Saranita, D.O.

Throughout the month of September, South Lake Pain Institute will be promoting awareness and education by discussing chronic pain with healthcare professionals and community members. The community can participate by following South Lake Pain Institute on Facebook to engage in important discussions, ask questions and share in promoting awareness to chronic pain.