Chronic pain is the biggest global health burden. But most people don’t realize just how many people are affected by chronic pain. Our infographic lays this out.

 

 

We put this infographic together in an effort to help bring more awareness to the chronic pain crisis. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, download our pain therapy app (links, resources and more towards the bottom of this post).

 

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United States: 30% of people live with chronic pain (between 100 and 116 million people)

 

http://www.jpain.org/article/S1526-5900(10)00601-2/fulltext

 

Canada: Approximately 1 in 10 Canadians (10%) suffer from chronic pain (approximately 1.5 million people)

https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2010004/article/11389-eng.htm

 

Mexico: Is is estimated that 27% of the population live with chronic pain (approximately 28.5 million people)

http://www.medigraphic.com/pdfs/rma/cma-2010/cma104e.pdf

 

Brasil: 37% of people live with chronic pain (approximately 77 million people)

saude.abril.com.br/medicina/o-mapa-da-dor-cronica-no-brasil/

 

Chile: Approximately 5 million people live with chronic pain in Chile (27% of the population).

http://www.ached.cl/upfiles/revistas/documentos/55db8d4788920_revisiones62.pdf

http://countrymeters.info/es/Chile

 

Bolivia: Chronic pain affects 33% of the population (approximately 3.5 million people)

http://www.lostiempos.com/tendencias/salud/20170907/dolor-cronico-bolivia-afecta-alrededor-tres-millones-medio-personas

 

Colombia: Chronic pain affects 46% of the population (approximately 23 million people)

http://www.eltiempo.com/archivo/documento/CMS-15109878

 

Austria: Chronic pain affects 24.9% of the Austrian population (approximately 2.2 million people)

https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s00508-017-1301-0.pdf

 

Belgium: 8.5% of people in Belgium suffer from chronic pain (938 300 people)

https://www.health.belgium.be/sites/default/files/uploads/fields/fpshealth_theme_file/douleurrapportetude.pdf

 

Denmark: 20.2% of the adult Danish population has chronic pain (approximately 1.1 million people)

Sjøgren, Per & Ekholm, Ola & Peuckmann-Post, Vera & Grønbæk, Morten. (2008). Epidemiology of chronic pain in Denmark: An update. European journal of pain (London, England). 13. 287-92. 10.1016/j.ejpain.2008.04.007.

 

Finland: The prevalence of chronic pain in the Finnish population is estimated to be 35% (approximately 2 million people)

http://epublications.uef.fi/pub/urn_isbn_978-951-27-0629-7/urn_isbn_978-951-27-0629-7.pdf

 

France: 30% of adults suffer from chronic pain (approximately 20 million people)

https://www.inserm.fr/information-en-sante/dossiers-information/douleur

 

Germany: The prevalence of moderate/severe chronic pain is estimated to be 14.5 to 25% (between 12 and 20.5 million people)

https://www.sip-platform.eu/files/structure_until_2016/National%20Initiatives/Germany/Epidemiology%20of%20chronic%20non-malignant%20pain%20in%20Germany.pdf

 

Iceland: Prevalence of chronic pain amongst respondents to a survey was 47.5% (which would be approximately 160000 people considering Iceland’s population)

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hex.12245

 

Ireland: Breivik et al found a prevalence rate of 13% in Ireland (approximately 620,000 people)

https://www.sip-platform.eu/files/structure_until_2016/Symposia/Symposia%202011%20Programm/Workshop%202/brian_mcguire.pdf

 

Italy: Approximately 15.2 million people in Italy live with chronic pain (approximately 26% of the population).

http://www.retedolore.it/html/cnt/it/epidemiologia_dolore_italia.asp

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/italy-population/

 

Netherlands: 20% of the population lives with chronic pain (approximately 2.2 million people)

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/50892022_Epidemiology_of_chronic_pain_and_its_treatment_in_The_Netherlands

 

Norway: Approximately 31% of the population lives with chronic pain (approximately 1.6 million people)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3878786/

 

Poland: 42% of people older than 65 years of age and 35.2% of the pre-elderly are affected by chronic pain.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5575203/

 

Portugal: 31% os the population lives with chronic pain (approximately 3 million people)

https://ac.els-cdn.com/S087090251170013X/1-s2.0-S087090251170013X-main.pdf?_tid=ed4cc8c0-9b86-448d-b85f-b210e153ebb4&acdnat=1523195062_3ae56b6bcf4e5f43b6fa5de886d70b4e

 

Spain: It is estimated that 17% of the population is affected by chronic pain (approximately 8 million people)

http://scielo.isciii.es/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1134-80462014000100003

 

Sweden: Prevalence is estimated to be 18% (approximately 1.8 million people)

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/prt/2012/371248/

 

Switzerland: 16% of the population suffers from chronic pain (approximately 1.4 million people)

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/one-in-six-swiss-suffers-chronic-pain/3601404

https://www.sip-platform.eu/files/editor/media/sip2017/Working_Group_2/Presentations%20for%20SIP%20website_WG%202/4.%20WG%202%20-%20Ljutow.pdf

 

United Kingdom: It’s estimated that 43% of adults suffer from chronic pain (around 28 million people)

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/6/e010364.full?sid=ec62fb50-666e-41a9-a502-32c86d8df495

 

South Africa: A prevalence of 42.3% was reported in rural areas and 41% in a more urban area.

http://www.sajaa.co.za/index.php/sajaa/article/view/1895

https://repository.up.ac.za/bitstream/handle/2263/40960/Rauf_Impact_2014.pdf?sequence=1

 

China: A prevalence of 39.92% was reported amongst women vs. 32.17% amongst men (approximately 231.5 million men and 269.5 million women).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4929094/

https://tradingeconomics.com/china/population-female-percent-of-total-wb-data.html

 

India: The overall point prevalence of chronic pain was 13% in a study performed with 5004 respondents (approximately 174 million people considering the general population).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24304963

https://www.livepopulation.com/country/india.html

 

Japan: It is estimated that 11% of the population lives with chronic pain (approximately 12.7 million people)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0949265815303171

 

South Korea: Almost 30 percent of Koreans suffer from chronic pain (approximately 15 million people)

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150326000666

 

Singapore: Surveys indicate almost 20% of the population suffers from chronic pain (approximately 1.2 million people)

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/more-suffering-chronic-pain

 

Malaysia: The population prevalence of chronic persistent pain in Malaysia is about 7% (approximately 2 million people)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3291846/

 

Philippines: A prevalence of 10.4% for moderate and severe chronic pain in the general adult population is estimated (approximately 11 million people)

http://actamedicaphilippina.com.ph/sites/default/files/fulltexts/51-04/01-illness-perception.pdf

 

Australia: 20% of the population is affected (around 5 million people)

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/pmri/pain/index.php

 

New Zealand: About 1 in 6 New Zealanders is affected by chronic pain (16.7% of the population or approximately 791,550 people).

https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/c/chronic-pain/

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/new-zealand-population/

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