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. Please call us at (615) 936-1840 for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We offer a full range of tests, treatments, and services including: