HOW COMMON IS IT AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?
Unlike what you might expect from looking at the picture of the carefree adolescent German girls above, Chronic Pain in this age group has become more common than you ever dreamed. A recent study published in the medical journal BMC Public Health (An International Survey of Pain in Adolescents) looked at the incidence of pain in young people between the ages of 13 and 17, from 28 different countries around the world. Despite the belief that pain is neither common nor long-lived in adolescents, this study showed exactly the opposite.
Three different categories of pain were looked at. 75% of those polled had pain in at least one of the categories below, while over 35% had all three. And as is the case in almost every health problem, the incidence of pain in the females was greater than that seen in males. In order to meet the criteria, you had to have at least one episode per month for six consecutive months.
- HEADACHES: 54%
- BACKACHES: 37%
- STOMACH ACHES: 50%
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