Chronic Pain in the Young: Disability

By | March 19, 2012

In treating young people with chronic pain and disabilities it is critical to get them back to their normal lives and routines as quickly as possible.

There is a common misconception in treating teens and young adults with chronic pain that since they have their whole life ahead of them that the timeliness of therapy is not as pressing a concern as it is in older patients. In fact exactly the opposite is true. Older patient’s lives are more settled so they are in a better position to weather the problems of partial of total disability, but young people are in a period of rapid transition. A major illness or disability can derail their school plans, careers and personal lives. Many never recover. That’s why at Schlesinger Pain Centers we treat chronic pain in the young with a special sense of urgency. We explain when it is appropriate to take a wait and see attitude and when it is important to move forward more quickly.

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