Chronic Pain in Children

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What do you do when your child is always in pain?
Air Date: 5/20/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Katherine Bentley, MD
Dr. Katherine BentleyKatherine Bentley, MD, is a board certified pediatric physiatrist and director of the Chronic Pain Program at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital.  She is well known in the rehabilitation community as an expert in treating children with complex pain conditions.  Dr. Bentley received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and her medical doctorate from the New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ.  She is a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Chronic Pain in Children
Anyone can experience pain at any age. It's especially disturbing when chronic pain happens in children.

Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition occurs when someone has severe pain, swelling or skin changes.

How do you know when to take your child to the doctor? Children shouldn't really have pain. If your child can't sleep at night from pain, swelling or skin changes, take her to the doctor right away.

If your pediatrician suspects an amplified or chronic pain, your child should see a specialist.

The complex regional pain syndrome is diagnosed by exclusion. Perception of pain from something that isn't painful, MRIs, x-rays and other techniques are used together. It's not easy to diagnose.

Listen in as Dr. Katherine Bentley shares how to address chronic pain in children.
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