Pain Management

  • About the Pain Management Program

    What Is Pain Management?

    We work to manage the pain children may experience in the acute setting (after an operation, injury or during an illness) and in the chronic setting (recurrent abdominal pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or cancer pain). The most effective approach to pain in children is a multidisciplinary one: several practitioners work together to best meet your child’s needs. Every patient in our outpatient clinic sees a physician, a psychologist, a physical therapist and a pain nurse. Each healthcare worker has special training and experience in caring for children in pain and helping the children’s families.

    A Culture of Managed Pain

    Pain is unpleasant. But worse, it can interfere with recovery from surgery or illness, prevent normal activity and affect a child’s quality of life. One of the hardest things about pain is that even the best treatments do not guarantee that pain will be eliminated. Patients and medical personnel may want there to be no pain after surgery or with a major illness, but trying to get rid of all pain can cause complications. Over-treating pain can be as bad as under-treating it. We strive to manage pain, keeping it at the lowest level that is safely possible, even if that means there is still a little pain left over.

    We treat each patient’s pain according to her unique situation. The condition, patient’s quality of life and physicians’ plans all factor into our pain management plan. We work with physicians, your child and your family to ensure that we plan the most appropriate pain management strategy.

    Proven Results in Pain Management

    Our commitment to multidisciplinary pain management has made us one of the most comprehensive programs in the country. In 2007, the American Pain Society presented the Division of Pain Management its Clinical Center of Excellence Award for multidisciplinary pain care. And our quality improvement process is among the most active and complete of any pediatric pain center; it helps us maintain the highest level of care and service to our patients and families.