Chronic pain is experienced by about one-quarter to one-third of children, with about 1 in 20 experiencing debilitating pain, according to the World Health Organization. Chronic pain is defined as recurrent or continuous pain lasting more than three months. For children and adolescents, adjusting to and living with pain can be overwhelming.
On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, a special edition of "Ask the Mayo Mom" focuses on managing chronic pain in children. Dr. Angela Mattke, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, is joined by Mayo Clinic Children’s Center experts Dr. Tracy Harrison, medical director of the Mayo Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center, and Dr. Cynthia Harbeck-Weber, a Mayo Clinic child and adolescent psychologist.