Chronic pain: How to treat and manage in teens

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​Find out how the 3P approach to pain management can help your teen manage their chronic pain.

Key points

  • The 3P approach to pain management is a mix of psychological, physical and pharmacological methods to treat and manage pain.
  • Physical approaches involve encouraging your teen to use pacing to help them choose the right level of physical activity and balance activity with periods of rest.
  • Psychological approaches include techniques such as distraction, guided imagery and relaxation and, if needed, therapy to address unwanted thoughts and behaviours related to pain.
  • Pharmacological approaches include over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers.
Last updated: January 25th 2019