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Pediatric Pain Management Service

Improving function is the main goal of the Pediatric Pain Management Service at Children's Hospital. Whether due to medical or surgical care, or a chronic pain issue, our experts will partner with your primary provider to develop a personal pain management plan for your child. Our Inpatient Pediatric Pain Management Service treats children having surgery or children hospitalized due to a medical condition. The Pediatric Pain Management Clinic treats children with chronic painful conditions through clinic visits. We can also refer your child for physical and occupational therapy and mental health support.

Meet Your Care Team

Andrew D. Franklin

Andrew D. FranklinMD, MBA

    Anesthesiology, Cancer pain, Chronic Headache, Complex Region Pain Syndrome, Interventional Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Medicine
Jenna M. Helmer Sobey

Jenna M. Helmer SobeyMD

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Elisabeth M. Hughes

Elisabeth M. HughesMD

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
James M. Kynes

James M. KynesMD

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Carrie C. Menser

Carrie C. MenserMD

    Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services
Jonathan A. Niconchuk

Jonathan A. NiconchukMD

    Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Perioperative Services

Why Choose the Pain Program at Children's Hospital

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    Expert care

    All our physicians are board certified, fellowship trained pediatric anesthesiologists with additional training, interest and dedication in effective pain management strategies.

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    Experienced care

    We have expertise in treating pain in children of all ages, including premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), children having major surgical procedures, and teenagers recovering from sports injuries.

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    International research

    Our clinicians are active in research efforts to study pediatric pain and improve its management for patients at Children's Hospital and around the world.

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    Collaborative care

    Our clinicians are actively involved in organizations that advance pain management, such as the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA), the Society of Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM) and the Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Network (PRAN).

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    A team approach

    We work very closely with other clinical specialties such as pediatric orthopedic surgery, pediatric general surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric oncology and pediatric radiation oncology to provide the best possible care for children.

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    Lower-risk care

    We are committed to helping curb the opioid epidemic by using lower-risk pain medications and procedures, while improving pain control and physical functioning.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments, and services including:

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    Caudal blocks
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    Epidural blood patch for spinal headache
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    Epidural catheters
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    Pain management consultations
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    Paravertebral blocks and catheters
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    Spinal blocks
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    Transverse abdominus plane (TAP) blocks
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    Upper and lower extremity nerve blocks and catheters


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Nashville, TN 37232
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