Cook Children’s Health Care System To Offer Pediatric Pain Management Programs To Children Of The Middle East

  • Pain Management Program is the newest addition to the International Patients Program targeting GCC nationals and resident
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Cook Children’s Health Care System, a not-for-profit pediatric health care organization based in Fort Worth, Texas, has announced the inclusion of its innovative Pain Management services and care to its International Patients Program. With this initiative Cook Children’s Health Care System will reach out to medical and pediatric professionals, as well as parents throughout the Gulf Countries and Middle East to offer solutions, treatment and quality of life enhancement for infants, children, and adolescents suffering with chronic and acute pain.

The comprehensive program consists of a consultation service from a team of experts including a board-certified anesthesiologist trained in pain management, therapist, biofeedback specialist, physical therapist, and a pain management nurse coordinator.

Says Artee Gandhi, M.D., Medical Director, Pain Management at Cook Children’s Hospital: “Cook Children’s Pain Management program improves the quality of life for pediatric patients by treating pain through a combination of medications, intervention, complementary therapies, coping mechanisms, and mind-body techniques. We not only perform a detailed history and physical exam we delve into the patient’s diet, exercise routine, sleep habits, stressors, risk of abuse/bullying, school performance, family/social support, and pain psychology (i.e. coping behaviors). A treatment plan is based on our collective findings. Complimentary therapies we offer include acupuncture, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, massage therapy, and aromatherapy. We encourage a partnership with the patient and family to improve their understanding of chronic pain. We are the only pediatric pain clinic in the southwest United States that provides this typ of comprehensive care. Whether we are managing chronic pain or acute postoperative pain, we provide a multidisciplinary treatment plan.

Dr. Artee Gandhi, M.D. added, “We offer children with chronic pain the opportunity to enter an inpatient rehabilitation program with six hours of occupational/physical therapy a day. It’s not just regimented therapy either. We help them get their lives back. We take them to the mall or bowling. We create group activities and group exercise. They participate in cognitive behavioral therapy and learn coping mechanisms. We teach deep breathing and relaxation as a way to reset the pain system. All patients undergo neuropsychological testing to evaluate for underlying anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities. We work not only with the child but also with the parents to prepare them for life at home. This type of rehab program is unique with only a handful of other similar programs in the entire country.””

When required the Cook Children’s Pain Management staff coordinates care with physicians in other specialties such as Hematology and Oncology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Orthopedics and Palliative Care.

With our robust patient volume, we are the only center to perform a large number of interventional procedures ranging from celiac plexus bock for chronic abdominal pain associated with pancreas, inflammatory bowel disease to intrathecal morphine for end  of life patients. In collaboration with the departments of neurosurgery and orthopedics, we now offer radiofrequency ablation for those patients suffering from chronic back pain associated with conditions such as spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis.

Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring promise – to improve the health of every child, through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease, and injury. In recent times the circle of influence of this promise has been proactively expanded to international patients, among which the children of the Middle East have been of special focus.

Says Executive Director International Patient Services Cynthia Gonzalez, at Cook Children’s Health Care System: “The introduction of the Pain Management Program to our International Patients Program is testament to our drive of expanding the Cook Children’s promise to improve the health of every child, no matter where they are in the world. Comprehensive Pain Management programs that are specialized for children’s needs, and inclusive of parental concerns and education, are not always readily available within the Middle East. If we can increase the quality of life of even one child in the Middle East suffering from chronic or acute pain then all our efforts will be worth it.”

The Pain Management Program is offered to international patients through Cook Children’s International Services Program. As part of its continued outreach to the Middle East, Cook Children’s Health Care System has launched an Arabic language website to provide families and medical professionals with further information regarding its expertise, medical acumen, and family-centered care services. The website also provides opportunities for medical professionals to conveniently make inquiries and referrals.

The Cooks Children’s Pain Management Program treats conditions such as pain associated with diseases such as cancer, sickle cell disease, rheumatologic disease or muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, sports-related injury, abdominal pain, complex regional pain syndrome and chronic headache.