The Body PAIN
Health and Wellness is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide More than half of Americans suffer from chronic and recurrent pain. This is a huge segment of the viewing public actively interested in documentaries about their condition. In addition, health care provides over 14 million jobs. 7 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related. Healthcare professionals are highly-educated and are among the segment of the movie-going public that seek out documentaries for informative entertainment.
Pain is the leading health problem in the U.S.A. It is the most common symptom that leads to medical care. In
America alone, the cost of pain management, including lost workdays, is estimated at $100 billion.
And yet, we know next to nothing about it.
Very few doctors have specialized training in chronic pain, nor is there a consensus of what causes it. The pharmaceutical industry controls medical research and what is brought to market, while the war on drugs often blocks a patient's access to needed medication. Yet, recent studies have shown that long-term Opioid use - the most common prescribed medication for chronic pain, may actually increase sensitivity to certain types of pain. And now, the burgeoning business of alternative therapies and non-traditional pain management brings in to question our most commonly held beliefs within western practice.medical
What is certain: Pain has been one of the most enduring questions of human existence. It is represented in our culture, our art, our religion and our wars.
It is time to open the lines of communication between government and doctor; scientist and pharmacist; healer and patient. The Body Pain must be embraced and burned as fuel for our journey.
Status In production
Producer Robert Schubring & Omar Kaczmarczyk
Director Terrance Grace
Scriptwriter Terrance Grace Log Line The History, Science, Politics, and Cultural Aspects of pain as it manifests itself within the human existence.