Children’s Chronic Pain: Thinking Outside the Box

In this interview, pain specialist nurse Jenny McHugh discusses working with children at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, with Prof. Bernie Carter.

They talk about the kinds of persistent pain children present with, and the role of a multidisciplinary team in working with them.

By thinking ‘outside the box’, Jenny has successfully introduced acupuncture into the children’s chronic pain service. This is to address not only physical pain, but also associated issues such as sleep loss and anxiety.

There is a need for ways to support children and young people to get moving again while experiencing chronic pain. This points to the potential role that dance and somatic practices could play in the future.

Some terms you might hear:

MDT – Multi Disciplinary Team

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Skeletal dysplasia / exostosis – bone disorders

Neurofibroma – nerve tumour

Deconditioning – physiological change following inactivity

Oncology – study of cancer

Anaelgesia – medication for pain relief

NICE guidelines – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

CDEG – Clinical Development and Evaluation Group

CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Staff members at Alder Hey are occasionally visible in the background, but they have given their consent.

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