Los Angeles’ Premier Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA.

Pediatric Pain Specialist

California Pain Medicine Center -  - Pain Management Specialist

California Pain Medicine Center

Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

When your child is suffering, it’s far worse than being in pain yourself. If you’re looking for a way to help your child, the pediatric pain experts at California Pain Medicine Center in Santa Monica, California, offer specialized treatments for children and adolescents. No matter what’s causing your child’s pain, call California Pain Medicine Center for compassionate advice and support or schedule a consultation using the online booking form today.

Pediatric Pain Q & A

What is pediatric pain?

Pediatrics is the area of medicine that specializes in conditions affecting children and adolescents. Unfortunately, many children experience recurring or chronic pain, but the pediatric pain specialists at California Pain Medicine Center can help if your child is suffering.

Some of the conditions that cause pediatric pain include:

  • Headaches
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial syndromes
  • Back injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Erythromelalgia

Children also suffer from issues like persistent abdominal pain that doesn’t have any obvious cause.

What does a pediatric pain assessment involve?

The California Pain Medicine Center team consists of medical professionals from different disciplines who work together to create a treatment program that’s suitable for your child. They conduct an initial evaluation with a doctor who specializes in pain medicine and other members of the team, such as a nurse practitioner, physical therapist, and child psychologist.

These experts in pediatric pain perform a physical exam, review your child’s medical and family histories, and run various tests such as a blood workup, X-rays, and other diagnostic imaging scans. They also perform specialized procedures like nerve conduction velocity and electromyogram (EMG) tests.

Once they complete their assessment, the California Pain Medicine Center team works together to prepare a treatment program personalized to your child’s needs.

What treatments can help with pediatric pain?

Wherever possible, your child’s pediatric pain team uses nonpharmaceutical treatments to minimize exposure to medications that might have side effects. Some of the treatments that could help your child’s pain include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Biofeedback
  • Desensitization
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Neuromodulation

Children and adolescents also benefit from participating in psychotherapy and learning skills to help them manage their pain, such as relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and coping skills.

Where medication is necessary to keep your child comfortable, options include nerve block injections and careful management of analgesic (pain-killing) medication. Sometimes a degree of medication is necessary to enable your child to benefit from physical therapy, which may otherwise be painful for them.

If your child is in pain, call California Pain Medicine Center today to arrange an evaluation or book an appointment online.