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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
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