Chronic pain is unfortunately part of everyday life for too many Americans. One 2011 Gallup study found that 26 percent of U.S. adults battle some sort of leg or knee issue; folks in their mid-50s and up suffer even more. Interestingly, taking an active role in your own health just might tip the scales. According to a New York Times report, being more competent about your health is associated with fewer hospitalizations and better control of chronic diseases.
“It’s going to go away on its own.”
“The ibuprofen stopped the knee pain; it can’t be too bad.”
“I have 101 things to do. I’m too busy to see a doctor.”
Yes, most people wait too long to see a doctor about their knee pain, concur Dr. Pierce Waychoff, DC, clinic director and his wife, Erin Waychoff, DC, owners of Pain Stop North Phoenix.