SAN JOSE, California, 5th August 2020 / PRNewswire / – The majority of Generation Z Americans, ages 18 to 24, reported having chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain for the first time when they were younger than 16 years old. This is based on survey results released today by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of chiropractic.
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To relieve this pain, 200 Americans surveyed said that 44% prefer a combination of drug-free, natural pain management methods such as chiropractic, massage, and stretching, as well as conventional methods such as seeing a doctor and / or taking medication.
The main reason Generation Z don’t follow conventional pain management methods is because of effectiveness. Almost 31% of respondents indicated that the effectiveness of drug-free, natural pain management methods is a more important decision factor than cost (24%) and convenience (20%). This is probably also a reason why more than 63% of respondents said they were “somewhat” or “very” interested in chiropractic, while 17% had already received this treatment.
“We are very encouraged by the results of our survey, which examines a marginally researched topic of this younger generation,” he said Sherry McAllister, DC, Executive Vice President of F4CP. “Younger Americans seem to be realizing that pharmacologic pain management modalities alone provide short-term relief without addressing the underlying causes of chronic neuromusculoskeletal pain, which can often occur at an early age. Hopefully, awareness of the effective, long-term benefits of chiropractic and others Non-pharmacological treatments for pain relief and mobility will continue throughout life to relieve pain, but also to prevent it and its associated causes. “
The experience of pain starts young
When asked about neck, shoulder and back pain, 18% of the survey participants said that they felt pain for the first time before the age of ten. 36% between 11 and 15 years of age and 37% felt uncomfortable for the first time between 16 and 20 years of age.
School sports and other frequent physical activities create an additional risk of injury or damage to joints, ligaments, and tendons, which leads to pain. While parents or other healthcare professionals may attribute pain at this young age to “growth spurts” or “increasing pain,” it is best to play it safe and seek helpful advice to help ensure patient health.
The early onset of Generation Z pain demonstrates the importance of having a careful consultation with a qualified clinician such as a chiropractor (DC) who specializes in neuromusculoskeletal pain to carefully determine the root cause and develop an evidence-based plan for relief the pain and protect the affected area.
“For most younger patients, pain relief and recovery can be achieved through safe, drug-free grooming practices that allow them to continue participating in sports and other activities and improve their performance,” said Dr. McAllister. “This is another reason why so many professional sports teams and the US Olympians have a chiropractor in their training staff.”
Other notable results from the survey include:
- Poor sleeping posture caused pain. While technology was found to contribute to neuromusculoskeletal conditions like the tech neck, nearly three-quarters (73%) of Generation Z respondents said their chronic pain was caused by their sleeping position, followed by exercise or exercise (45%) ) and carry a heavy bag (39%).
- The pain is moderate and usually does not improve. More than half (54%) of the respondents rated their risk of persistent pain as “medium”. Meanwhile, only 36% of respondents said their chronic pain was getting better, while the rest said it was getting worse (36%) or staying the same (28%).
- Chiropractic should be covered. Generation Z not only delves into chiropractic care, but believes that health insurers should pay for it. Almost 64% said chiropractic should be covered by insurers, followed by physical therapy (61%). and massage, cupping, reiki and reflexology (50%).
“While chronic pain is mostly seen in older adults, the results of this survey show that healthcare providers as an industry need to identify and address the early signs of muscle and joint dysfunction in younger patients much earlier,” concluded Dr. McAllister. “With a safe, effective, drug-free care plan, providers can help identify the habits and behaviors that guide younger patients along the lifelong path of optimal health and wellbeing.”
Respondents to the Random Online Survey of 200 US Consumers, Conducted Late June 2020 58% were female and 42% male. The respondents were between 18 and 24 years old.
About the Foundation for Advancement in Chiropractic
The Foundation for Chiropractic Advancement (F4CP) is a non-profit organization that educates and educates the public about the value of chiropractic and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit www.f4cp.org; Call 866-901-F4CP (3427).
Marcia Rhodes, Amendola Communications for F4CP
480.664.8412 ext. 15th
SOURCE Foundation for Chiropractic Progress