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Your Visit | Overview

Your initial visit to the Chronic Pain Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital includes a comprehensive evaluation by a team of specialists. Here’s what to expect and how to prepare.

Before your visit

Prior to your initial visit to the Chronic Pain Clinic, we will email you a link to WeCope. This secure, confidential tool will allow you to share information with our clinic’s staff before your first visit. WeCope will include the date of your appointment, location, directions, and information about hotel accommodations if you are traveling from out of town. It will also list the providers you should expect to see on the day of your evaluation.

Because your initial visit includes a very in-depth evaluation, it is extremely important that we are able to review your medical records from other providers. This allows us to make your evaluation as complete and successful as possible. Please have all prior medical records faxed in advance of your appointment. Our fax number of 617-730-0199.

If you have questions before your initial visit, please call the clinic at 617-355-7040.

During your visit

Your initial Chronic Pain Clinic appointment will be a multidisciplinary evaluation with a physician, psychologist, and sometimes a physical therapist. It is an in-depth evaluation that lasts for approximately four to five hours. You should arrive at 8:00 a.m. and can expect to leave around 12:30 or 1:00 p.m.

A physical therapist may evaluate you at the same time as the pain physician. The physician and physical therapist work together during your visit to best understand your pain and how we can help you. The physical therapist will perform a physical examination, which might include evaluation of your muscle strength, coordination, range of motion, and ability to move and function. The physical therapist will work with your care team to make recommendations to optimize your physical functioning. Recommendations are individualized but, in general, evidence shows that active participation and self-management approaches work best for patient with ongoing pain.

Our physical therapist may recommend:

  • activities that focus on regaining function in self-care and leisure activities
  • increasing tolerance to touch and other sensations
  • increasing flexibility, strength, coordination, and endurance

After your visit

If you have clinical questions after your initial appointment, you can contact the chronic pain nurses at 617-355-8930. To schedule another appointment or for other administrative questions, please call 617-355-7040.

Please note that we require five days’ advance notice of a medication refill.

Transitional Pain Clinic

We also see patients who have chronic pain or a history of poorly managed postoperative pain and require surgery. In this innovative approach, Chronic Pain Clinic provider will see your child prior to surgery and help to create an individualized peri-operative treatment plan with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and our Inpatient Pain Service team. In many cases, we will continue to see your child postoperatively to help manage their pain and pain medications.