If you have a teenager at home, you know they cost a lot. But, there is no laughing matter about the costs of a teenager in chronic pain.
Chronic pain affects 5% of all children and adolescents.
Adolescents in moderate to severe chronic pain “seek more medical care, use more medication, miss more school, and report worse quality of life than their peers without pain,” a new study in The Journal Pain finds.
The hard costs of teen pain are staggering.
The average cost associated with teen chronic pain is $11,787 per year. Extrapolating that figure, the study authors conclude that teen chronic pain costs “$19.5 billion a year in the United States.”
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. They sought to better understand the economic costs to society due to adolescent chronic pain.
The study included 149 adolescents treated at interdisciplinary pain clinics. Parents of study subjects completed validated measures of family economic attributes and reports on family health services use and productivity losses for 12 months due to a child’s chronic pain.
According to the American Pain Society, which publishes The Journal Pain, “the authors concluded that future research should investigate the efficacy of a full range of less intensive outpatient interdisciplinary pain management interventions for adolescents with chronic pain, as well as Internet and mobile-based therapies.”
If you have a teen suffering from Chronic Pain, contact The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.