The Friday Five – September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month
The majority of Americans in Generation Z, ages 18 to 24, first experienced chronic neck, shoulder or back pain when they were younger than age 16, according to new survey results from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (@F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of drug-free chiropractic care. This week’s Friday Five lists key takeaways from the survey.
Pain experience starts young. When asked about their neck, shoulder and back pain, 36% first experienced pain between the ages of 11 and 15.
Poor sleep posture caused pain. While technology has been identified as a contributor to neuro-musculoskeletal conditions such as “tech neck,” nearly three-quarters (73%) of Gen Z survey respondents reported their chronic pain was caused by their sleep position.
Pain is medium and mostly not improving. More than half (54%) of respondents classified their risk for persistent pain as “medium” with 36% saying their chronic pain is getting worse.
Gen Z is partial to natural methods. 44% embrace a combination of drug-free, natural pain management methods, such as chiropractic care, massage and stretching, because of their effectiveness.
Chiropractic care should be covered. Gen Z embraces chiropractic care and believe health insurers should pay for it. Nearly 64% stated they believe chiropractic care should be covered by health plans, followed by physical therapy (61%); and massage, cupping, reiki and reflexology (50%).
Respondents to the random, online survey of 200 U.S. consumers conducted in late June 2020 were 58% female and 42% male. Respondents ranged in age from 18-24.
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