The global pain management drugs market size stood at around USD 71 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD xx billion by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.82% during the forecast period.
Pain is a disturbing sensory and emotional sensation that results from tissue damage or disease. In addition, different disorders may cause discomfort, such as multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, stomach ulcer, chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, and cancer. The length of pain ranges from acute pain for short term to chronic pain for long term. Acute pain can be mild and lasts for only a moment or for weeks, or months. Chronic pain is caused by aged bone & joint conditions, nerve damage, or injury. A variety of drugs are used to manage pain resulting from inflammation in response to tissue damage, chemical agents/pathogens (nociceptive pain) or nerve damage (neuropathic pain). Most drugs act by binding to protein targets on cell membranes and affecting biochemical processes of the body.
Rise in geriatric population is the major factor that drives growth of the global pain management drugs market as aged people are more prone to suffer from joint pain and other chronic conditions. Moreover, surge in prevalence of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetic neuropathy, and osteoarthritis propels the market growth. Furthermore, rise in number of surgical procedures and rise in healthcare expenditure are expected to fuel growth of the pain management drugs market.
Major Types of Pain
The major types of pain includes arthritic pain, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, chronic pain, post-operative pain, migraine, fibromyalgia, bone fracture, muscle sprain/strain and acute appendicitis. The neuropathic pain segment accounted for a majority of the market share in 2019, and is expected to exhibit a prominent growth rate during the forecast period. In addition, increase in presence of large patient population is the major factor that increases demand for drugs for the segment. Cancer pain and chronic back pain segments are expected to grow at the highest rate throughout the forecast period, owing to increase in number of surgeries globally and rise in prevalence of chronic diseases that lead to back pain.