Best-evidence for the rehabilitation of chronic pain: Part 1: pediatric pain

Lauren E. Harrison, Joshua W. Pate, Patricia A. Richardson, Kelly Ickmans, Rikard K. Wicksell, Laura E. Simons

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Chronic pain is a prevalent and persistent problem in middle childhood and adolescence. The biopsychosocial model of pain, which accounts for the complex interplay of the biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to and maintain pain symptoms and related disability has guided our understanding and treatment of pediatric pain. Consequently, many interventions for chronic pain are within the realm of rehabilitation, based on the premise that behavior has a broad and central role in pain management. These treatments are typically delivered by one or more providers in medicine, nursing, psychology, physical therapy, and/or occupational therapy. Current data suggest that multidisciplinary treatment is important, with intensive interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation (IIPT) being effective at reducing disability for patients with high levels of functional disability. The following review describes the current state of the art of rehabilitation approaches to treat persistent pain in children and adolescents. Several emerging areas of interventions are also highlighted to guide future research and clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1267
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2019

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  • chronic pain
  • children pain rehabilitation
  • best evidence


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