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Prevent & Fix States Lack of Education is the Leading Factor in Chronic Pain Among Americans

For the cause of Chronic Pain Awareness Month this September, Grigor Oganyan echoes the voices of expert opinion on chronic pain and clarifies a consensus on the issue. Increased education to the medical community and the general public can diminish the dramatic effects of pain in the U.S.
September 2012 (Scottsdale, Arizona) What is the one of the top causes of lost productivity in the U.S.? According to an Institute of Medicine Report entitled "Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research," the answer is pain, something many Americans experience but know little about its prevention and proper treatment.

An interview conducted with 30-year specialist in deep muscle therapy and owner of Prevent & Fix in Scottsdale, Ariz., Grigor Oganyan, regarding chronic pain and why it is so prevalent in our society, was quoted, saying, “The healthcare system in the U.S. is not bad when treating injury-related pain, however it could be better.” He went on to say that medical physicians need to better educate their patients about reactivating chronic injuries.

Oganyan states that on one hand doctors should prescribe painkillers and muscle relaxers sparingly and only in the initial stage of treatment. Also, patients self-medicating should avoid doing so. It is the responsibility of the person to seek physical therapy immediately. Depending on the severity of injury and muscle group affected, injuries turn chronic between 3-12 months without therapy. On the other hand, better education for chronic pain sufferers would be in teaching them which movements to avoid after fixing the issue.

According to a telephone survey commissioned by Partners for Understanding Pain, a total of more than 50 organizations associated with the study of pain and its effects, the results support Oganyan’s viewpoint. Out of 1,000 adult Americans surveyed, a majority had little understanding of pain and its treatment.

Dr. Daniel Carr, vice chairman of research and medical director for the chronic pain management program at Tufts Medical Center, further supports Oganyan by saying, “Knowledge about pain is lacking and misinformation abounds among those living with pain.”

Throughout the interview, Grigor Oganyan expressed that medical practitioners do have a large responsibility to educate the public on pain. But just as important, he says, “People need to listen to their body.” Meaning, chronic pain is something that can be fixed, however it will never go away completely. If a certain movement activates pain, then memorize and abstain from it. Most importantly, Oganyan says that with a smart, customized diet, exercise routine and therapy schedule, reactivation of chronic injuries can be prevented.

Find out more information and see the most common chronic pain injuries plaguing Americans: http://preventandfixaz.com/chronic-injuries-scottsdale.htm.


About Prevent & Fix:
Prevent & Fix is the leading deep muscle therapy and pain management center for injuries in Scottsdale, Arizona. Grigor Oganyan, owner of Prevent & Fix, has studied and practiced deep muscle therapy for over 30 years, working almost entirely on chronic and sports-related injuries. For more details, visit the website at http://preventandfixaz.com.

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