Stacy Berlekamp Spatar is a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Navy Medical Center in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Correspondence: Stacy Berlekamp Spatar ([email protected])
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Chronic pain is more prevalent in the US than diabetes mellitus, cancer, and cardiovascular disease combined, impacting about 100 million adults. 1 The annual cost of all that pain in the US is between $560 and $635 billion. 1
The high prevalence of chronic pain among active duty service members and veterans remains a pressing concern given its negative impact on military readiness, health care utilization, productivity, quality of life, and chronic disability rates. 2 Pain was found to be the leading complaint of service members returning from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedomand 44% of veterans returning from deployment suffered with chronic pain. 3,4