Pediatric Interventional Pain Program | Research & Innovation

The Pediatric Interventional Pain Program takes a research-based, multidisciplinary approach, focusing on the use of minimally invasive techniques for the management of acute and chronic pain in children. Between our clinical innovation and procedural expertise, our clinicians have contributed significantly in defining the field of pediatric interventional pain medicine.

Current research projects include:

  • A prospective controlled treatment trial for post traumatic headaches (PTH). This is a concussion headache study funded by the Harvard Catalyst and NFL comparing the efficacy of occipital blocks and cervical facet joint injections
  • Retrospective review of outcomes and prospective follow-up of pediatric patients with axial back pain secondary to lumbar facet arthropathy following a lumbar medial branch block/facet block
  • Efficacy of ultrasound-guided interventions in abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES) in children: a retrospective review and prospective follow-up
  • Retrospective review of outcomes and prospective follow-up of pediatric patients with lumbar disc herniation radiculopathy and/or back pain
  • Surgical management of abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment (ACNES) in children: a retrospective review
  • Efficacy of pediatric interventional pain procedures in chronic pain: a quality improvement initiative
  • A prospective, multi-center, randomized, assessor blind, controlled study comparing lateral branch cooled radiofrequency denervation to conservative therapy as treatment for sacroiliac joint pain in a military and civilian population (at Brigham and Women's Hospital)
  • Use of cooled radiofrequency for the treatment of hip pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hip compared to intra-articular steroid injections (at Brigham and Women's Hospital)

Other interests include:

  • Prospective study evaluating the efficacy of lumbar medial branch blocks in extension-related low back pain
  • Efficacy of lumbar epidural injections for lumbar disc herniation in children: a prospective observational study
  • Efficacy of ultrasound-guided abdominal wall blocks in abdominal cutaneous nerve entrapment (ACNES) in children: a prospective study