Assessing the Impact of Pain

Pain has direct and indirect impact on a young person's life. It also impacts on the lives of those close to them. It is not easy to get a full picture of this pain- associated disability in a time-limited consultation.

The "pain spider" is a useful way to engage adolescents and gain insight into their lifestyle (Fig. 2). This is constructed with them during the assessment and they should be asked to highlight areas that are particularly

It is essential that there is also an understanding of the effect this situation has had on the family. Parental anxiety and their perception of their child's pain will have an effect on the rehabilitation plan.

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