Chronic pain afflicts a significant number of younger adults
While we generally accept that older adults experience more chronic pains than the younger ones, we often don’t realise that the numbers of younger adults are all that low either. A recent study by Gallup-Healthways showed that even young adults below the age of 30 are facing double-digit occurences for Neck, Back, Knee or Leg conditions.
Chronic pain is generally defined as pain that persist for longer than 3 months. There is no hard and fast rule with regards to this time periods. A popular alternative definition of chronic pain, involving no arbitrarily fixed durations is “pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing”.