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Complex Pain Syndromes


Blythedale has been a leader in pain management and palliative care for infants, children and adolescents since 1996. An interdisciplinary team, led by a neurologist Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, combines years of experience in pain management to help children maximize function, minimize disability and improve coping skills. Pain in children may be acute (procedural and/or post-operative), or chronic, due to conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome (RSD), fibromyalgia, post-trauma, sickle cell disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or other chronic illness. At Blythedale, a variety of treatment modalities may be employed, including pharmacotherapy, coping skills training, psychiatric and psychological support, virtual reality therapy, guided imagery, medical play, aromatherapy, and biofeedback. Parent and family support is typically a large componentof the treatment package for our children with these diagnoses.

Many patients have been through extensive medical work-ups prior to admission. In Child Life they can process this journey through therapeutic conversation, or through medical play, writing, music or art. Simultaneously, we offer extensive education regarding pain and anxiety, as well as management strategies to maximize benefits of rehabilitation therapy sessions, giving children a sense of control over their experience of and response to pain. Well-known for superior outcomes and the ability to help patients achieve their maximum potential and reach their treatment objectives, the goal at Blythedale is to help all of our young patients return to their families, schools and communities.
 
Additional advantages to patients and families:
  • Blythedale’s new inpatient building features private and semi-private patient rooms, with accommodations for a caregiver to stay bedside.
  • Board certified pediatricians 24/7, including full-time staff in psychiatry and psychology, and experienced nursing staff (75% R.N., and more than 85% on the Infant and Toddler Unit) specially trained in pediatric pain management.
  • Largest hospital-based pediatric therapy department in New York State, with 85 full-time pediatric therapists (physical, occupational, speech pathology and feeding).
  • Full-time child life specialists provide emotional support, assistance with strategies for coping with pain and anxiety, and procedural preparation.
  • Six full-time pharmacists, including a Board Certified Clinical Pharmacist,
    able to compound medications on-site.
  • Comprehensive discharge planning services.
  • School programming at the Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale UFSD – the
    Hospital’s on-site K-12 public school district to facilitate continued education during recovery.
  • Unique Day Hospital program for patients who need intensive rehabilitation and/or medical care.
On-Site Services and Support Areas Serving Patients with Complex Pain Syndromes:
  • Pain Management Team
  • Child Neurology
  • Child Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Child Life
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
Additional Specialty Support Areas Available:
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Nutrition
  • Pediatric Respiratory Therapy
  • Speech Pathology and Feeding Therapy
Clinical Support Services
  • Social Work/Case Management
  • Audiology
  • Radiology
  • Lab Services
  • Assistive Technology
  • On-site Equipment Clinic
  • Patient Advocacy
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