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Cook Children's Pain Management program cares for infants, children and adolescents with chronic and acute pain. Cook Children's is one of a few children's hospitals in the U.S. providing a comprehensive pediatric pain management program. Our program includes a variety of treatments and services customized to provide inpatient and outpatient care that meets the individualized needs of patients with acute or chronic pain.

As specialists in pediatric pain, we treat children with a wide variety of medical conditions, including surgery, sickle cell disease, cancer, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, migraine and so much more.

Our goal is to improve the quality of life for your child by giving them the tools to cope with and overcome pain. Some of our therapy options are:

  • Medications
  • Interventional pain procedures
  • Aromatherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Massage
  • Medical acupuncture
  • Relaxation therapy

We also teach our patients and families how to manage pain through exercise, diet, lifestyle modifications and sleep hygiene.

Acute pain care

Cook Children's acute care Pain Management team is made up of doctors, nurses, therapists and clinicians who are specially trained in treating infants, children and teens who are having a surgery or treatment at our medical center that requires specialized pain management.

While many minimally invasive surgeries are virtually pain free, or only require short-term pain relief, other more complex surgeries need specialized pain care. In these cases, we work closely with your child's surgical team to assess the best plan of care for the best results. If rehabilitation therapy is part of your child's recovery, our pain management therapists will be there to help your child progress while addressing any pain issues he or she may have.

If your child is being treated in the medical center for an illness such as cancer or juvenile arthritis, our pain specialists work with your child's medical team to manage pain and side effects from treatment safely and effectively. Because many treatments can feel very stressful to a child, our goal is to reduce as much pain and anxiety as possible so your child feel more comfortable and relaxed.

For children who are hospitalized for a serious injury, pain care management can be a critical part of their care and recovery. From broken bones to head injuries to burns and more, you can trust that your child is being cared for by one the finest pain teams available.

Because each child referred to us is different, we partner with your child's entire medical team to create a plan that is unique to your child's needs. Your child's evaluation includes:

  • Referral consultation
  • Develop and implement your child's plan
  • Monitor your child's progress
  • Adjust treatment plan as needed.

Chronic pain care

When pain lasts longer than expected such as a headache, or is related to an ongoing chronic condition such as arthritis, this is considered pain. If your child is experiencing chronic pain, he or she may be referred to our Pain Management program. We offer evaluation and care plans for children up to 18 years of age. Your child's care plan may include:

  • Medication management
  • Pain-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Relaxation and biofeedback training
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy
  • Complementary therapies such as referrals for acupuncture, massage or yoga

Palliative care

The goal of palliative care is ensure the best quality of life for a child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. The Cook Children's Pain Management team will coordinate with palliative care and your child's medical team to treat pain and help your child be as comfortable as possible.

Family-centered care

At Cook Children's we understand your concerns when it comes to your child, and we work to ease them by making you a part of the team. From the very beginning, we will include you in the care of your child so that you can make the most informed decisions and choices that are right for your child and your family.

We're here to help.

If your child is suffering from pain, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-7246.