10 Dangers of Chronic Pain


Chronic pain takes an enormous toll on the nation, affecting 100 million Americans and costing up to $635 billion annually to treat. Apart from dollars, it can extract a heavy price from the lives of each person suffering from it. Read on for some of the risks and complications of chronic pain—along with ways to avoid falling into common traps.

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