Chronic Pediatric Pain Management: a Review of Multidisciplinary Care and Emerging Topics

  • Andrew B. CollinsEmail author
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (A Houtrow and M Fuentes, Section Editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine


Purpose of Review

Chronic pain is a prevalent, disabling, and expensive pediatric condition. Specific treatment options have limited evidence and are often extrapolated from adult care. This review evaluates pain outcome measures, psychological treatment, pharmacologic management, multidisciplinary treatment models, and emerging topics in pediatric pain medicine.

Recent Findings

Multimodal cognitive behavioral therapy and intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment have the strongest evidence for improving pain and function while decreasing healthcare utilization. There is emerging evidence that parental involvement in care is an important factor in pediatric outcomes. While there is increased interest in emerging topics such as use of marijuana-derived products, acupuncture, and virtual reality, the evidence behind such interventions remains limited.


Pediatric chronic pain treatment centers on the biopsychosocial model of pain and multidisciplinary treatment. Recent research shows that intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment can improve pain, function, and healthcare utilization. Long-term benefits and risks of emerging treatments in pediatric chronic pain remain poorly understood.


Pediatric chronic pain Pediatric pain psychology Interdisciplinary pain treatment Medical marijuana Acupuncture Virtual reality 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, College of MedicineUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Divisions of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Pediatric Pain ManagementCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA

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