Pain Treatment Services
An initial appointment may be scheduled by contacting Boston Children's Hospital's Pain Treatment Services at 617-355-7040.
The clinical nurse specialist will obtain a brief medical history, and prior to the initial appointment, all pertinent prior medical records should be sent to Pain Treatment Services. This will allow physicians to review a patient's past medical history and accelerate the initial assessment on the day of the initial clinic visit.
All new patient visits are on Tuesday mornings and last approximately five hours. This visit will include assessments by a pediatric anesthesiologist or pediatrician, a clinical nurse specialist, a physical therapist and a clinical psychologist.
The Pain Treatment Services team will then meet from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to develop a unified treatment plan. This plan will be presented to you immediately following their meeting.
Follow-up visits are on Thursdays and last approximately 30 minutes.
In addition to follow-up visits with Pain Treatment Services, referrals are often made to a physical therapist, a psychologist and/or other specialists. If a child is referred to a physical therapist, he or she will be evaluated and, where appropriate, exercise programs, ultrasound and other modalities or the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may be prescribed.