Our team of Pain & Comfort Care physicians and clinicians provide developmentally sensitive evaluation of pain and other symptoms in infants, children, and adolescents. We provide outpatient services for pain and symptom management that take into account the child and family's needs. The program has a special focus on pain and symptoms associated with complex medical conditions or common chronic pain problems such as recurrent abdominal pain, headache, and limb pain. Our goals are to relieve symptoms, to increase function when possible, and to enhance quality of life.
Appointments & Referrals - Phone: (310) 825-0867
Administrative Office & Program Information - Phone: (310) 825-0731
Administrative Office Fax: (310) 794-2104
... Where kids with complex problems are not seen as complex.
The UCLA Children's Pain & Comfort Care Clinic offers state-of-the-art medicine in combination with the regenerative power of complementary therapies to treat children suffering from chronic pain. Many of the children whom we see have complex problems that have not been helped adequately by the biomedical model of care. Our staff works as a team to develop an individualized approach for each child that involves the active participation of the child and family in finding solutions to the problem. The mind-body therapeutic process is designed to empower the child and family, thus fostering well-being, self-esteem, and improved quality of life.
... Where treatment is approached with humor, empathy, and understanding.
What to expect: The first visit at the clinic is a two-hour appointment for the entire family, with a pediatric pain specialist, where the patient's narrative about his or her experience takes center stage. We welcome humor and employ empathy in understanding the pain story told by the patient and family. The essential messages of the first visit are (1) that the pain is real and makes biological sense, (2) the suffering is understandable and makes psychological sense, and (3) that suffering can and will improve first. Pain is not a mystery.
... Where control is given back to the child and family.
Most families are referred to us after having made the rounds with many physicians. They are typically hopeful, but understandably cautious, and are frequently relieved that we are not only willing to work with them but also that we are not baffled by pain. Contrary to most traditional medical visits, we include the family as an integral part of the treatment process and give them choices about the treatment path. This is often a new experience for many families. We spend much time on pain education, describing how pain works and how various treatments might help; rather than "prescribing" for them, we work together to develop a plan that the patient and family believe will work best. Treatment might include any number of the following complementary and alternative therapies: acupuncture, art therapy, biofeedback, energy-based therapy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, physical therapy, Iyengar yoga, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, school intervention, and/or medications.