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Removing barriers to effective pain management

Mark B. Steffen, M.D., P.A. consults with a patient as Krisite Thill, R.N. monitors patient status.

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Pain is the number one source of adult disability in the U.S. This wide-reaching problem can range from a brief, unpleasant localization of pain to the longer-lasting diffused discomfort of chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia or cancer. Pain can cause depression, sleep disturbance, fear, anxiety, isolation, and loneliness.
The need for increased pain awareness is very important in the U.S. with 50 million Americans partially or totally disabled by persistent pain. Lower back pain is the most common form of acute pain and the fifth most common cause of physician visits. Annually 1 in 3 Americans suffer from ...

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