For individuals who suffer from persistent, chronic health problems, such as joint pain or back pain, it can be difficult to lead a normal life. Even the simplest things like climbing a set of stairs or making the bed in the morning can cause excruciating pain. Obtaining effective pain relief can change, and even lengthen, their entire life.
In fact, studies have shown that seeking treatment for chronic pain may even save a person’s life. A study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons indicated that osteoarthritis patients who have knee replacement surgeries are 11 percent less likely to develop heart failure and 50 percent less likely to die from any cause within three years of the surgery.