Healthcare expenditures for pediatric pain-related conditions exert a considerable economic burden on the United States, according to findings of a national study. Pediatric pain-related conditions were associated with $11.8 billion in total incremental healthcare expenditures. These expenditures were similar to those of ADHD ($9.23 billion), but more than those associated with asthma ($5.35 billion) and obesity ($0.73 billion). The investigators note that efforts to prevent and treat pediatric pain-related conditions are urgently needed.

Source: Pain, May 2015.