Treatment for adolescents with chronic pain and fatigue

Is multidisciplinary treatment the most beneficial treatment?

Chronic pain and fatigue can have a considerable impact during a child’s or adolescent’s life, especially in important domains of functioning such as school attendance and sports. It is currently unknown which rehabilitation treatment has the best results in improving functional activities and social participation. Previous studies have identified internalizing problems, short sleeping time, high physical activity and smoking as predictors for the persistence of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

2 predictors were identified for treatment success: a passive coping style and the pretreatment level of pain and/ or fatigue; the treatment seemed to be more successful for patients with an originally passive coping style. The predictive value of pretreatment of pain and/ or fatigue can be explained by the fact that a higher level of pain and/ or fatigue offers more possibility to improve during treatment.

> From: Westendorp et al., Pain Practice (2017-05-11 07:41:20) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to World Institute of Pain. Click here for the online summary.

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