Pediatric pain rehabilitation program

The three-week pediatric pain rehabilitation program is available for adolescents (ages 12 to young adult) with chronic pain, dysfunction in involuntary body functions (autonomic dysfunction) and other chronic symptoms.

Candidates for the program include adolescents whose chronic pain negatively affects their functioning or moods.

Adolescents who are candidates may have conditions such as:

  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • Chronic headaches
  • Migraines
  • Generalized pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Other types of chronic pain

Staff in this program meets with adolescents as a group and addresses the additional challenges that young people with chronic pain face. Because teenagers with chronic pain often aren't active in school, a group setting can help them to develop better social relationships.

In addition to core pain management components such as stress management, staff in the pediatric program covers topics specific to teens from a teenage point of view, such as:

  • Learning about dysfunction in involuntary body functions (autonomic dysfunction)
  • Understanding the difference between short-lasting (acute) and long-lasting (chronic) pain
  • Managing a difficult day
  • Returning to school planning
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Personal responsibility

The program uses a rolling admission, meaning that on any given day someone may begin the program while another person completes it. New participants can learn from and ask questions of staff and other people at various stages of program completion.

The program is generally 17 days in length. This includes two days of pre-admission evaluation appointments and 15 days of therapy.

The program is held Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A typical day includes:

  1. 8 a.m. — Stretching
  2. 8:30 a.m. — Openers and goals
  3. 9 a.m. — Stress management
  4. 10 a.m. — Physical and occupational therapy
  5. 11 a.m. — Coping strategies
  6. Noon — Lunch
  7. 1 p.m. — Family program
  8. 2 p.m. — Physical and occupational therapy
  9. 3 p.m. — Relaxation and review of goals
  10. 4 p.m. — Recreational therapy

Parent program

Chronic pain affects all family members. The pediatric program includes daily sessions for parents to learn more about chronic conditions, how to respond to people with chronic pain effectively and how to lessen the effect of chronic pain on family members. Other family members and siblings are welcome to attend.

A typical day includes:

  1. 8 a.m. — Stretching
  2. 9 a.m. — Parent group or rounds
  3. 10 a.m. — Parent group three times a week
  4. 11 a.m. — Possible class with teens
  5. Noon — Lunch
  6. 1 p.m. — Family program

Pediatric two-day program

The PRC also offers a two-day program for adolescents and young adults with chronic pain.

Apr. 24, 2014