Chronic pain: How to assess in teens

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​Find out how to recognize the signs of chronic pain at home and how chronic pain is assessed in medical settings.

​Key points

  • Teens experiencing chronic pain may experience mood swings, withdraw from family and friends, become secretive and avoid situations that could make their pain worse.
  • In medical settings, health-care professionals will assess your teen's pain by asking them about their level of function, the extent to which pain affects their everyday routine.
  • It is important for your teen to self-report their pain directly to health-care providers, as this helps them become more independent and more engaged with treatment.
Last updated: January 25th 2019