General Pain Clinic

General Pain Clinic

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At the Children’s Health Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic, we understand that pain affects many aspects of life. We want to care for your child as a whole, including the physical, mental and emotional aspects. We also understand that pain affects not only the child, but also the whole family. We see over 200 new patients annually in our Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic.       

During your child's first visit, your child will be seen by a Pain Management Doctor, a Physical Therapist and a Psychologist. Each provider will visit with you and your child for one hour then all of your providers will meet with you and your child as a group. The entire visit will last at least four hours.

The Pain Management Doctor has training and experience in assessing and treating pain in children. The Doctor is responsible for your child’s overall plan of care. He may prescribe medication, perform nerve block injections, or perform other procedures if indicated.

Our Physical Therapist assesses the effect of pain on the body's strength, movement, and posture. She will evaluate which exercises will help restore the body to optimal function. Physical therapy is often more effective than medications and injections to relieve a number of painful conditions.

The Psychologist will develop a coping plan and implement behavioral medicine techniques that may be extremely effective in controlling pain and reducing the stress caused by the pain.

After the initial evaluations by each team member are completed, all team members will meet with you to discuss the results of their visits and give their suggestions for treatment.

Treatments may be given by all three groups or may only be given by one member, based upon the cause of your child's pain, or his or her physical and emotion conditions.

At the end of the visit, appointments will be made for a follow up visit, or if a procedure is necessary, you will speak with a coordinator to schedule.

Your follow-up appointment will be scheduled with one of our experienced Pain Management Nurse Practitioners. This appointment will last approximately one hour and is an opportunity to evaluate your child’s progress on the previously provided recommendations and make changes as needed.

Conditions We Treat

  • Chest and back conditions
  • Nerve injuries
  • Rheumatologic conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Cancer
  • Pain that is unresponsive to other treatments

Treatments

  • Medications
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Psychological support
  • Lifestyle modifications including diet, exercise, sleep, and physical activity
  • Imaging, labs, and other diagnostic procedures if indicated
  • Nerve blocks and Botox injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Infusion Center for IV medications in the clinic setting

Resources

  • Handouts: coming soon!
  • Links: coming soon!

Research

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.