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Chronic pain in children & teens

pain childrenChronic pain (also called persistent pain) can affect people of all ages, including children and teenagers.

Just as with adults, pain can affect all areas of a young person's life, including home, sports, school, friendships and whānau/family relationships. Their pain might be continuous or it might come and go. But it's still called chronic pain if it has been present for three months or more.

A team approach is usually needed to help a young person with pain. This team may involve several different health professionals as well as the whānau/family. It can also help for the young person's school and any other services they use to be involved.

With the right support and treatment, the future for young people living with chronic pain can look much brighter.

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Written by senior clinical psychologist, Burwood Pain Management Centre. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed August 2021.

See also:

Pain relief for children & teenagers

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