Chronic pain – defined as pain which persists beyond three months – is often poorly understood.
The statistics around chronic pain are sobering, with 3.4 million Australians affected by the condition. Over two-thirds – 68% – of those with chronic pain are of working age, with the condition causing 40% of early retirements.
Chronic pain is incredibly challenging to live with; 45% of people living with chronic pain experience anxiety or depression as a result, while suicidal behaviour is two to three times higher in those with the condition than the general population.
These alarming figures are a major driver of insurance claims, with approximately half of AIA Australia’s income protection claims and 43% percentage of Total and Permanent Disability claims for chronic pain.
AIAA’s passionate rehabilitation team are focused on supporting our customers’ return to wellness. However, this process can prove challenging if a customer is completely overwhelmed by pain.
We understand that our customers with chronic pain often feel helpless as they try every avenue to reduce their suffering. Unfortunately, many of the treatments frequently taken up by those with the condition are not evidence-based, and can also be very expensive.