Young adults, ages 18-34, are more likely to report experiencing chronic pain compared to older adults (65% vs. 52% for ages 35+), with 73% of those young adults saying they are in pain every day. According to a new survey.
More than one in five young adults who experience chronic pain say they use cannabis and/or CBD for pain, and they are twice as likely to do so compared to those ages 45+.
Young adults with chronic pain – most commonly experienced in their back (32%), neck and knees (20% each) – are looking for help from health care providers to manage their pain, according to the survey conducted in September of more than 2,000 U.S. adults.
29% of young adults with chronic pain say they are talking to their doctors more often about their pain since the pandemic began, compared to just 15% of those age 45 and older.
75% of young adults also say they don't know what kind of health care provider can best help them manage their pain.
78% of all adults with chronic pain use non-prescription drug treatments.
The most common approaches are...
- 53% over-the-counter pain relievers
- 43% exercise
- 34% heat/ice
- 26% healthy eating
- 16% cannabis/CBD
- 15% physical therapy
- 15% massage therapy
- 14% yoga
79% of Americans with chronic pain say they wish it was taken more seriously by health care providers.
68% wish they had more information about how to manage their chronic pain.
Since the pandemic began, 66% of all adults with chronic pain say they have changed their pain management.
Large majorities of Americans experiencing chronic pain are interested in using non-drug treatments.
Among those not currently using these treatments...
- 80% are interested in trying healthy eating
- 71% in exercise
- 68% would be interested in trying massage therapy
- 62% physical therapy
- 61% mindfulness-based stress reduction or meditation