The Chronic Low Back Pain Epidemic in Older Adults in AmericaKelley Bevers, Ryan Hulla, Owen Rice, Gavin Verdier, Eric Salas and Robert J Gatche*
Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, United States
- *Corresponding Author:
- Robert J Gatchel
Department of Psychology
University of Texas at Arlington 1225 West Mitchell Arlington
Texas 76019, United States
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 09, 2017; Accepted date: March 10, 2017; Published date: March 14, 2017
Citation: Bevers K, Hulla R, Rice O, Verdier G, Salas E, et al. (2017) The Chronic Low Back Pain Epidemic in Older Adults in America. J Pain Relief 6:285. doi: 10.4172/2167-0846.1000285
Copyright: © 2017 Bevers K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Chronic low back pain is a debilitating condition affecting millions of Americans annually. Older-adult populations suffer a high prevalence of this continually painful state, and further face a unique set of challenges to manage short- and long-term biopsychosocial functioning. As the population ages, and the proportion of older adults grow, it is essential to explore and develop the most effective interdisciplinary strategies to care for older adults who are chronic pain sufferers. In this Commentary, we highlight some of the special challenges that the older-adult population encounters, and their influence on pain management strategies.