Division of Pain Medicine
At Connecticut Children’s, our interdisciplinary team uses a range of evidence-based methods to treat pain in infants, children and adolescents. Our pain specialists work directly with children and their families to manage pain using an array of treatments that may include medicine or procedures.
Techniques such as basic comforting, sedation, and physical and occupational therapy may be used along with complementary and integrative methods such as massage, acupuncture or yoga.
Connecticut Children’s is committed to being a place where the pain of medical treatment is minimized as much as possible. There is inevitable pain, anxiety and stress associated with illness, diagnostic procedures and hospitalization. Our pain and palliative care specialists may not be able to take away all of the pain, but we will make every effort to reduce it.
Parents are encouraged to help Connecticut Children’s pain specialists understand when your child is in pain and how we can best help.
Our pain specialists care for children of all ages with a wide range of chronic conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Chronic or recurrent abdominal pain
- Fibromyalgia and other central sensitization syndromes
- Migraines and chronic daily headaches
- Pain from cancer or cancer treatments such as bone marrow transplant
- Pain from conditions such as arthritis or lupus, including the bones, joints and muscles
- Pain in children receiving palliative or end-of-life care
- Recurrent pain from conditions such as sickle cell disease
Pediatric palliative care is an active, total approach to relieve pain and suffering by embracing physical, emotional and spiritual elements with a focus on quality of life for the child and support for the family. Palliative medicine is appropriate for pediatric patients with a disease in any stage. This includes children undergoing treatment for curable illnesses, those living with chronic diseases, as well as pediatric patients who are nearing the end of life.
Children are better able to deal with the pain or anxiety of any medical procedure if they are calm and relaxed. Connecticut Children’s sedation team provides distraction, topical anesthetics, analgesics and sedation medication to provide prior our patient’s comfort before, during and after a wide range of tests or procedures.
Integrative medicine combines traditional medicine with contemporary modalities that are safe, provide health benefits, and promote healing. Connecticut Children’s offers a variety of complementary therapies including breathing techniques, guided imagery, hypnosis, biofeedback, and inpatient massage therapy. We provide these services in response to the growing demand from our patients and families, while also conducting research to determine their effectiveness.