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Anesthesiology Services and Innovations

Pediatric Pain Medicine

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:

  • Postoperative pain
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • 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
  • Epidural Analgesics
  • 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:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Recurrent abdominal pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • 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
  • Injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Pain psychotherapy
  • Self-Hypnosis
  • Biofeedback

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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