Pain Management

Pain Management

The pain management care team provides management for prolonged, treatment-resistant pain, as well as pain from cancer. The care team works with patients and their families to explore options designed to maximize quality of life and overall function.

Our evaluation and treatment programs use an interdisciplinary approach that includes specialists in pain medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, oncology, gynecology, pediatrics and alternative medicine. Pain management care is distributed throughout all of our clinical services, and specific pain care needs can be addressed in the Pain Medicine Clinic.

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach where nurses, social workers, physicians, music therapists and chaplains help patients and their families concentrate on reducing the severity of disease symptoms, rather than striving to halt, delay, or reverse progression of the disease itself or provide a cure. These extensive teams are specialists in symptom management, particularly pain, nausea, delirium and shortness of breath.

The pediatric palliative care team at UI Children's Hospital collaborates with the patient's medical team to coordinate care and manage symptoms. Palliative care is intended to achieve the best possible quality of life for the child and family, and when death is inevitable, to support the child and family.