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Children's Mercy is proud to offer the only Pain Management Program in Missouri. The program comprises a variety of caring clinicians, researchers, educators and other health care professionals that share a biopsychosocial perspective and treatment approach to helping children in pain.

Our mission is to provide services that promote and support optimal comfort, health, function and quality of life to everyone we serve.

The Pain Management Program is inclusive of all Children’s Mercy entities that share an essential goal of providing safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable & patient-centered pain care, or use sophisticated technology to treat pain, including our Divisions of Critical Care and Hematology/Oncology.

Additionally, we work closely with Clinical Pharmacology, Gastroenterology, Interventional Radiology, Neurology, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Rheumatology and Social Work.

Pain management consultative services

Members of the pain management team work with children who are staying in the hospital through a variety of ways including:

  • Our Anesthesiology Pain Service provides expertise in pain management therapies in the acute peri-operative setting, including but not limited to Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), epidurals and nerve blocks.

  • Complex Pain Management (CPS) provides support and treatment for chronic/complex painful conditions in the inpatient setting. 

  • The Palliative Care Team provides support for patients with life limiting or threatening conditions, or at the end of life, to optimize comfort and quality of life. Outpatient services available.

Clinical Services

A unique clinical and research program that evaluates and treats children and adolescents with chronic abdominal pain.

Offering treatment for amplified musculoskeletal pain syndromes including intense exercise, desensitization therapy and stress management.

Children’s Mercy inpatients have the option of using essential oil patches as a way to help with comfort and pain relief. The patches, available in four scents, are placed on the child’s clavicle or gown to allow the child to inhale the aroma without affecting others in the area who might be sensitive to the smells from a diffuser.

Offering treatment for chronic/complex painful conditions, including pain related to chronic medical conditions, persistent limb and back pain, widespread pain, headache, and abdominal pain. Inpatient services available.

Provides care for headache patients with moderate to severe functional disability or refractory headaches that have not responded to initial medical treatments.

Offers treatment in our intensive three week day hospital rehabilitation program for amplified musculoskeletal pain syndromes resulting in severe pain and disability.

Comfort Ability Workshop

The Comfort Ability workshop is designed to help children and adolescents with chronic or recurrent pain and their caregivers to learn strategies to better manage pain and improve functioning.

It is open to children and teens ages 10 to 19, and you do not need to be a Children's Mercy patient to participate.