Pediatric Interventional Pain Program

Pediatric pain requires a multidisciplinary approach that takes both a child’s physical and psychological well-being into account and reduces the use of pain medications when possible. At Boston Children’s Hospital, our clinicians work together to address acute and chronic pain using the most effective methods from many different specialties, including interventional pain management.

As part of this team approach, the skilled clinicians in Boston Children’s Pediatric Interventional Pain Program offer a variety of minimally invasive interventional pain management options to eligible patients, including spine procedures, peripheral nerve blocks, muscle, joint and bursa procedures and more. Learn more about the conditions we help manage and the services we offer.

Our approach to interventional pain management

The Pediatric Interventional Pain Program is part of Boston Children’s Pain Treatment Center — a Center of Excellence and the oldest and largest pediatric pain clinic in the country — in the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. We work closely with the hospital’s Division of Pain Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital's Pain Management Center. At Boston Children’s, we collaborate with many other specialties to provide our young patients with the most effective interventional pain relief options available. We offer prompt appointments for referrals, urgent nerve block appointments for both inpatients and outpatients and inpatient catheter rehabilitation admissions for breaks in the refractory pain cycle. Telemedicine treatment options for patient follow-up are available for international, out-of-state and local patients.

The Pediatric Interventional Pain Program takes an evidence-driven approach to care. Based on our deep experience in using minimally invasive interventions to treat pain in adults, our clinicians are refining the application of these approaches in children, adolescents and young adults. At the same time, we are following the progress of these patients with the goal of establishing a robust body of outcomes evidence.

Helping ease Sydney’s chronic pain

After other forms of conventional pain relief failed, Dr. Pradeep Dinakar recommended a minimally invasive technique called water-cooled radiofrequency ablation.

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