Pain Management Clinic

Chronic Pain Care

Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Abdominal pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (formally known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Neuropathic pain

Services Provided

Each patient will be seen by a doctor and a counselor for full evaluation. Then, an individualized treatment plan is made for the patient and parents. This plan may include referrals to other subspecialists when appropriate.

The treatment plan will address:

  • Pain signs and symptoms
  • Emotional and social aspects of pain
  • Daily life  (sleep, school, peers, family and more)

The first evaluation is 60 to 90 minutes.

Follow-up evaluations are 20 to 30 minutes.

Recommended treatments could include:

  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Meditation and breathing exercises
  • Stress management
  • Cognitive behavioral interventions
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Medication management
  • Epidural steroid injections,  peripheral nerve blocks, trigger point injections
  • Botox treatment
  • Implantable drug pumps and neurostimulators

Referrals for certain treatments and ongoing therapy might be provided to resources in your community.

Why Choose Us?

Pain issues are best treated by a multidisciplinary care team that is made up of different experts who are trained to evaluate and treat pain. The Pediatric Pain Management Team helps patients with pain by creating a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include medications, procedures, rehabilitative and complementary medicine practices, such as acupuncture, meditation, and massage.

Chronic Pain Expert Team

The Pediatric Pain Management Team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults (up to 21 years of age) who have acute or chronic pain.  In a clinic setting, the team uses a thorough evaluation to develop and individualized approach to treat our patients, including managing the physical, social and emotional aspects of pain.

The team also treats patients after surgical procedures or with other medical conditions, such as cancer, rheumatologic disease, sickle cell disease, and intractable headaches.

Our team includes:

  • Doctors who specialize in Pain  (Anesthesiologists, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians)
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Counselors (Psychologists, Psychotherapists)
  • Acupuncturists
  • Massage therapists
  • Nutritionists

The following physicians are available for outpatient services:

Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD
Robert Holloway, MD
Eugene Kim, MD

What is Chronic Pain?

Pain is complex. It is an individual experience that touches all areas of a child’s life, including their families. When pain lasts a long time—weeks, months or even years—it can have an impact on relationships, school, mood, sleep, family life and daily functioning. For these reasons, it is important to address pain as early as possible.

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