Clinical Psychology Associates of North Central Florida
GAINESVILLE - OCALA
2121 NW 40th Terrace, Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32605
Providing Quality Psychological Assessment, Consultation, and Therapy to the North Central Florida Community
TREATING CHILD PAIN PROBLEMS
pain problems are often difficult to diagnose and treat. This should
always start with a careful and thorough pediatric examination by your
pediatrician or family doctor.
Pediatric psychologists with specialized training in child pain management strategies, medical psychology, and treatment of psychosomatic disorders can also assist in the treatment and management of childhood pain syndromes.
children often have a limited ability to verbalize their feelings,
childhood depression or anxiety can show itself in a pain syndrome.
Traumatic experiences, family illness or death can make the child feel
physically vulnerable. Pediatric psychologists can help determine if
underlying depression or anxiety are contributing to your child's pain
Unfortunately, some children must cope with chronic pain from medical conditions such as juvenile arthritis, traumatic injuries, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer or its treatment, or other medical conditions.
Psychologists can assist with specialized pain management techniques
such as muscle relaxation, biofeedback and others to help reduce pain
complaints. Combined with behavioral and cognitive-behavioral
approaches, levels of distress can be reduced and functioning improved.
consultation with the child's medical physician, pain medication may be
able to be stabilized, reduced, or sometimes avoided or discontinued.
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