Pediatric Pain Medicine, part of the department of anesthesiology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center, is a multidisciplinary program which includes both the Acute Pain Service and the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic.
Treatment and support is provided for both acute and chronic pain problems in children and young adults.
Acute Pain Service
Anesthesiologists and nurses staff the pain service that is available to hospitalized patients 24 hours a day, 7days a week.
Examples of the acute pain problems treated include but are not limited to:
Sickle Cell disease
Mucositis from chemotherapy
Common techniques used to manage acute pain include:
Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA)
Pain medicine on demand thru a pump
Continuous infusion of pain medicine thru an IV
Oral pain medicines
Since each technique controls pain in a different way, the anesthesiologist carefully reviews each patient’s needs before deciding upon a pain management plan.
Pediatric Pain Management Clinic (PPMC)
The Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is the only clinic in the state exclusively dedicated to helping bring relief to children and adolescents suffering with chronic pain.
The multidisciplinary team consists of medical experts that are board certified in both pediatric pain management and anesthesiology, and also includes pediatric specialists in pain psychology and pharmacy, along with physician assistants
and nurses. The clinic also has access to physical therapists and complimentary and alternative medicine specialists who are available as needed.
Examples of the chronic pain problems treated include but are not limited to:
Recurrent abdominal pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as RSD)
Ongoing muscle, bone or joint pain
Pain after nerve or other injury
Pain that is from unknown origin
Examples of techniques used to manage chronic pain include:
Oral pain medications
Physical / exercise therapy
The Anesthesia Department at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan understands that a child’s chronic pain affects the whole family. The team designs individual treatment programs for each patient with the goals of eliminating or reducing the
child’s chronic pain to help him or her thrive physically, emotionally and socially.
For further information on the Pediatric Pain Medicine program please call (313) 745-4049.
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