Pain & Palliative Medicine
At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, our interdisciplinary pain and palliative medicine physicians use 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 team of specialists that care for a child’s pain include pain and palliative medicine physicians, psychologists, nurses, and occupational and physical therapists. We care for children of all ages with a wide range of conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Chronic or recurrent abdominal pain
- Fibromyalgia and other central sensitization syndromes
- Migraines and chronic daily headaches
- Pain after surgery, including abdominal, cardiothoracic, orthopaedic, urological surgery
- 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
Comfort Central Connecticut Children’s Medical Center 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. Dedicated to best practices in pain management and patient- and family-centered care, every child has the right to the best pain relief possible. Parents are experts on their child and can help Connecticut Children’s pain specialists understand when your child is in pain and how we can best help. Regardless of age, working together will help reduce your child’s pain and suffering.