Our Approach to Pediatric Pain Relief

Caring for Acute and Chronic Pain in Children

Our team provides expertise for acute pediatric pain management after surgery in our hospitals, and for chronic pain relief outside of the hospital.

Acute Pain Treatment Service

This service is for children who are already in the hospital. Our team will work to make your child’s hospital stay easier. Whether your child had surgery, was born with a disease like sickle cell disease or other acute pains, here are a few medicines we may use to help:

  • Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA)—this is a way for your child to give himself more pain medicine as he feels he needs it.
  • Epidural analgesics—this is pain medicine that is given through a small tube placed near your child’s backbone.
  • Regional techniques—this blocks pain by numbing a specific part of the body.

    Kids love video games, and most would rather play than do therapy for treating extreme pain. 

    Computer-assisted relaxation training incorporates video games in both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Jennifer Schmidt, Psy.D., pain psychologist, says it can work wonders.


Chronic Pain Clinic

Pain that sticks around after your child leaves the hospital can cause several problems. It can even affect his family, school and social life. In the our outpatient chronic pain clinic, we treat more than 200 children and teens a year.

Every care plan uses a collaborative approach that involves different specialties, including psychology and physical therapy to help your child feel better. Our chronic pain clinic is the only one of its kind in the Southeast.

We treat pain coming from many conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Abdominal and lower back issues
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia