While putting together this issue, we learned an interesting statistic that although we knew from our work, we hadn’t really quantified before.
It turns out that when it comes to fears about getting old, 25% of all people are afraid of living in pain, while only 10% are afraid of dying itself. Let that soak in for a minute.
One quarter of the U.S. population — around 77,250,000 people — is afraid of being in pain as they get older, and just under 31 million people are afraid of dying. Doesn’t that seem a bit unbalanced?
As we age, things stop working correctly. Our bodies change and adjust, making tasks that used to be easy, much more difficult processes. This can cause pain — arthritis, headaches, joint and back issues — that push us down a path we don’t want to go down. And we all fear being in a position where we’ll have to rely on our family or someone else to take care of us. Who wants to spend their later years in pain of any kind?
This is why we’re here. We want to treat our patients like we would members of our own family, which is why we go about our process a bit differently than other clinics. We want to assess the situation, and not just fill out prescriptions, but look at all of the available methods to get you out of pain and moving comfortably again. Sure, some signs of aging are hard to reverse, but doesn’t alleviating as much pain as possible sound like a good idea?
The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
~ Psalm 27:1
Here’s to entering the winter of our lives in a better place than where we started.
From our families to yours, Dr. Tory McJunkin and Dr. Paul Lynch Founders of Arizona Pain