Kids Facing Chronic Pain

Kids Facing Chronic Pain

Typically, when talking about chronic pain, it is in terms targeted towards adults. Heavy lifting, workplace injuries, and statistical information provide Americans with numerical data about conditions that adults face regarding chronic pain. A recent study, authored by Dr. Thomas A. Coffelt, assistant professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, explained that doctor’s offices “are seeing a lot more young patients with chronic pain syndrome.”

At American Spine, the medical staff diagnoses and treats patients on a range of conditions including back, neck, and spine pain, headaches, arthritis pain, sports injuries, bone pain, work related injuries, and much more.

The study found that the most common type of chronic pain and reason for hospital admission was abdominal pain, which reported 23 percent of individuals. The information was gathered from research on 3,752 children that were admitted into 43 different pediatric hospitals throughout the United States. Other conditions that were reported in the study include:

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (nerve pain that affects the limbs)- 9.2%
  • Chronic pain syndrome- 6.4%

The children in the study also informed the researchers of headaches, migraines, limb pain, and back pain. The average chronic pain patients were Caucasian, female, around 14 years old, and stayed an average of 7.32 days. The researchers reported children having multiple diagnoses, averaging 10 per child. These conditions included:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Mood disorders
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Gastrointestinal diagnosis- 65%
  • Psychiatric diagnosis- 44%

One of the most critical pieces from the study was the number of children who were readmitted to the hospital. The research team reported 12.5% of children who were readmitted within a year, 9.9% who went back at least once, and 2.6% more than once.

The study clearly identifies chronic pain in children as a rising problem. Not only were these youngsters experiencing chronic pain syndrome, but many had secondary conditions that added to their pain.

American Spine continues to offer the best treatment plans and pain management strategies to best improve every patient’s condition.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating conditions of the spine and chronic pain. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246)

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