Outpatient Pain Management Clinic
Occasionally, a child's medical condition may lead to pain that does not resolve quickly, leading to poor physical and psychological function in school, at home or in sports. The Outpatient Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at Children’s Hospital evaluates your child by referral from your primary care or specialist provider. We help your child better manage pain and improve physical and psychological functioning, sometimes with medications.
Our clinic operates one day per week. We are also available to answer your questions Monday through Friday via telephone. Typically, new patient appointments last one hour. Follow-up appointments may take about 30 minutes.
Conditions We Treat
- Back pain in children and adolescents
- Groin pain
- Hypermobility syndromes
- Neuropathic (nerve) pain
Why Choose the Outpatient Pain Management Clinic at Children's Hospital
- Personalized care
Our outpatient clinicians tailor a unique plan for your child’s needs. We may use a combination of medications, intervention (such as nerve blocks), physical therapy and mental health care support. We may perform pain management procedures in our clinic or under sedation, provided by either the Sedation Service or Anesthesiology.
- Physical therapy services
We use physical therapy to help some patients strengthen and recondition their bodies to restore function. Your child may benefit from this if they have become used to muscle splinting or guarding.
- Whole-child care
Your child with chronic pain may experience loneliness due to isolation. This can lead to depression, anxiety or difficulty coping. We can refer you for evaluation from a mental health professional to assist with controlling and reducing pain-related stress. Other strategies such as yoga, mindfulness, relaxation therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback and guided imagery may assist your child with recovery.
- Partners in care
We keep your referring provider informed with open communication. Once your child has an acceptable pain management plan, their ongoing care including prescription refills remains your provider's responsibility. We may re-evaluate your child as needed if the clinical situation changes.
Tests, Treatments and Services
We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:
- Cervical sympathetic chain (stellate ganglion) block
- Comprehensive pain management treatment strategies
- Epidural blood patch for spinal headache
- Epidural steroid injection
- Ilioinguinal nerve block
- Intercostal block
- Occipital nerve block