Our Multidisciplinary Model
Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Pain Medicine uses a multidisciplinary model to treat children’s pain. We combine clinical services, research, and education to provide care to children with numerous types of pain conditions including, but not limited to:
Inpatient Pain and Symptom Management Consultation Service
(Acute Pain Service)
- Post-surgical pain
- Recent trauma
- Pain associated with medical procedures
- Pain associated with chronic medical problems
- Palliative/comfort care
Acute pain is one of the most common adverse symptoms experienced by children, occurring as a result of injury, illness, and necessary medical procedures. Pain is often inadequately assessed and treated. It is often associated with increased anxiety, avoidance, somatic symptoms, and parental distress.
Pediatric Pain and Symptom Management Clinic
(Chronic Pain Service)
- Pain due to a previous injury
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Pain associated with chronic medical problems such as: cancer,
sickle cell anemia, and rheumatologic conditions.
Chronic pain is a significant problem in the pediatric population, conservatively estimated to affect 15% to 20% of children and adolescents. Children and their families experience significant emotional and social consequences as a result of pain and disability.
Our faculty members lecture locally, nationally, and internationally about pediatric pain management topics. We use the latest information in clinical care, research, education, and advocacy to ensure that the children of Arkansas receive the best pain management available.
Our talented team brings together experience and expertise from rehabilitation/physical therapy, nursing, psychology, and anesthesiology to treat pediatric pain in an integrated manner. Social work is also available as needed. We believe the most effective results can be achieved by using a multidisciplinary approach.