Rehabilitating An Adolescent With Chronic Pain

One of the most important aspects of rehabilitation is that of inclusion. A dedicated team that works consistently with the adolescent and the family will facilitate communication and enable goals to be reached earlier (47,55,56).

It is essential that the young person is worked up medically to ensure no ongoing disease process or trauma is present (57). If the pain is coexisting with a known illness, it is important that this is as stable as possible before rehabilitation. Once the attending physician has finished investigations then these should be explained fully to the family and young person. It is often difficult to show that investigations are normal when the pain is ongoing and a repeat consultation may be needed.

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