THURSDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The sting of a bad economy is causing physical pain for many Americans, according to a new survey that found that more than two-thirds of respondents blame the downturn for a variety of body aches.
An American Pain Foundation online survey of 2,192 people found that 68 percent of those who suffered acute back pain or other minor muscle strains and sprains in the past year believe the recession caused, increased or affected their pain, because of increased stress and having to work harder at work and home.
Among the specific findings:
"These findings demonstrate the unexpected impact that mental and physical stress can have on our bodies," Will Rowe, chief executive officer of the American Pain Foundation, said in a news release. "In addition to stress and other health effects of the recession, this survey indicates there is an actual physical effect that translates into pain and injuries for Americans working harder to keep up with the tasks of daily life. As many of us take on more at work and at home to cope with economic uncertainty, it is important not to do it at the expense of our health."
The survey, released Sept. 21, was funded by King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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SOURCE: American Pain Foundation, news release, Sept. 21, 2009