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Pain is a plague on the American populace. According to data from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey, nearly 20% of U.S. adults experience pain most days or every day.

Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are three of the most common causes of persistent pain. And after factoring in lost productivity and work absences, these and other pain conditions cost the United States at least $560 billion annually, finds a 2012 analysis in the Journal of Pain. That’s greater than costs associated with heart disease and cancer combined.

While pain is the most common and costly medical condition in…

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