SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In recognition of national efforts, the Springfield township committee announced at the August meeting that September is being recognized by the township as National Pain Awareness Month.

As the proclamation noted pain care involves almost 100 million people in the United States annually. Some of the different types of pain include physical and emotional pain, with ailments ranging from chronic physical pain to fatigue, stress and sleep disorders, among other symptoms.

As a result, the Township Committee is standing behind the work of the National Pain Strategy (NPS), a blueprint from the National Institute of Health for pain management in the United States.

As part of the proclamation, the town pledges to support the following mandates:

  • Develop methods of monitoring to prevent the start and improve the management of pain.
  • Taking steps to reduce barriers to pain care and improving the quality of pain care for underserved populations.
  • Supporting the development of a system of patient-centered integrated pain-management practices
  • Increasing public awareness of pain