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Pain Management

Pain Management

The Pediatric Pain Management Center at Children’s Health℠ offers children and parents a specially trained team that evaluates and treats chronic and acute pain as well as headaches.

The Pediatric Pain Management Center assesses and treats children with ongoing chronic muscle, bone and nerve pain. Common conditions to be treated include recurrent abdominal pain, headaches, and arm or leg pain. Patients with chest pain, back pain and pain from nerve injury, rheumatologic conditions and cancer can also be seen. Children most fitting for the Center are those children who are having a hard time coping with their pain and may feel their lives are out of control due to the effects of chronic pain.

Multidisciplinary approach to care

The Pediatric Pain Management Center at Children’s Health offers children and parents a specially trained team that evaluates and treats chronic pain, acute pain, and headaches. Our interdisciplinary approach involves many other specialties to treat pain using multiple approaches at once. The center can help lessen the pain associated with a variety of diseases and disorders including, but not limited to, chest and back conditions, nerve injuries, rheumatologic conditions, sports injuries, and cancer. We also have a dedicated headache clinic for those children suffering from headaches. Headaches related to concussions that occurred less than one year ago will be referred to the Neuro Concussion Clinic.

Treating pain in children can be very challenging. Many, especially when they are younger, can’t tell us how much pain they are having. They also may find it hard to communicate where it is located and whether it is sharp or dull. In addition, adults may ignore or dismiss the child’s complaints as making excuses, or as an attempt to get attention.

The services are offered on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our physicians are certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology–Pain Management. The entire program has been awarded a disease specific certification by the Joint Commission, which is the nation’s standard-setting and certifying body in health care. 


We have numerous studies evaluating the efficacy and safety of drugs used to treat acute and chronic pain in children. We are also conducting studies assessing devices that monitor patient status during and after surgery.

Parent Resources

Looking to schedule an appointment or learn more about what to expect at your child's appointment? Read FAQ from the Children's Health Pain Management team.

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