Unearthing The State of Pain in The United Kingdom
Across the UK, more than 28 million people (42%) suffer with pain. Pain in the neck, pain in the back, and sometimes, just aches and niggles that won’t go away!
During the last 15 months, makeshift workspaces and unchecked working environments have exacerbated the problem, with access to NHS services being limited as the UK’s healthcare system tackled the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To understand the scale of pain in the UK, we undertook a survey of 2,000 adults between November and December 2020, the height of the second lockdown, which revealed some startling information. It has become quite apparent that people are struggling with pain, but the research allows us, as a country, to explore ways to resolve these issues.
A total of 54% of respondents said they manage their ailments through painkillers (34% via over-the-counter painkillers and 20% through prescribed painkillers), while 10% and 7% claimed they had turned to alcohol and recreational drugs respectively to ease their suffering. One in five people surveyed said they experienced pain on most days, with Belfast residents well above that national average (38%).
Lower back pain was revealed as the area people suffer with most on their bodies, with two in five people battling aches and pains, while knee and neck pain were revealed as the second and third most common issues.
Swansea residents had the worst lower back pain the UK, with 64% of people reporting difficulties while Worcester reported the highest levels of serious pain (27%).
It’s not surprising then to hear that £98.59 is spent on average each month on pain relief by Worcester residents – it’s enough to make your eyes water! While one third of the UK spend less than £25 per month on pain treatments, it’s quite staggering to see 27% of people are spending more than £25 per month, or £300 per year, on treatments for their pain, with an average spend of £37.13 per month.
There’s no doubting that the state of pain in the UK is troublesome, but our team is keen to work on solutions for pain relief. Our low-level laser therapy devices can be used from the comfort of your own home and have been proven to reduce intolerable pain for 76% of our users – check out our products here.
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