Managing Chronic Pain in Children
It can be a difficult and scary situation when a child is experiencing chronic pain. Fortunately, our integrated care team has experience that can help you and your child find relief.
Chronic pain is different than pain that stems from an injury or acute condition in a couple of ways. The first is that chronic pain is typically pain that lasts 3 months or longer. Second, it doesn’t always have to be related to damage to nerve, muscle or bone tissue. Lastly, it can be physically and emotionally debilitating. At Fitness for Health in Rockville, MD we understand your needs and have success working with children and their families to manage chronic pain.
What Causes Chronic Pain in Children?
There are many factors that can trigger chronic pain in children, from traumatic accidents to genetic disorders. However, it is the combination of chronic injury, illness, anxiety, and feeling depressed that intertwine in a complicated web, which leads the neurological system to always be on high alert. Some of the most common conditions associated with pediatric chronic pain are:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Crohn’s Disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Surgical complications
- Conversion disorder
Can My Child’s Chronic Pain Be Relieved?
At Fitness for Health, our team of physical and occupational therapists knows how to work to alleviate pediatric chronic pain. By using exergaming that distracts your child from their pain, combined with age-appropriate pain science education, we have helped many clients find relief. To learn more about how Fitness for Health can help, request a consultation.