Conditions we treat

We understand how important it is to help your child be as comfortable as possible – both physically and emotionally – while receiving medical treatment.

To help children effectively deal with pain, we’ve developed a pain management program that helps meet the needs of all children, from birth to adolescence, as well as their families.

In the Jane B. Pettit Pain and Headache Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, our team offers pain management for a number of conditions, including:

  • Musculoskeletal pain/fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia, also called fibrositis, is a chronic, widespread pain in muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joints throughout the body, accompanied by fatigue. Although its symptoms are similar to other joint diseases, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia is actually a form of soft tissue or muscular rheumatism that causes pain in the muscles and soft tissues. The actual joints are normal on physical examination. Fibromyalgia is one of several pain syndromes included in the classification of musculoskeletal pain syndrome (MSPS), or pain amplification syndrome.
  • Complex regional pain syndromes/reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Headaches/migraines:  Headaches can be single or recurrent, and localized to one or more areas of the head and face. There are a few types of headaches, including migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches.
  • Somatization disorders
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Pain associated disability syndrome
  • Pain after major trauma and burns
  • Chronic postoperative pain
  • Sickle cell anemia (sickle cell disease): Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder characterized by defective hemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body). Sickle cell disease involves the red blood cells and their ability to carry oxygen. Normal hemoglobin cells are smooth, round and flexible, like the letter "O," so they can move through the vessels in our bodies easily. Sickle cell hemoglobin cells are stiff and sticky and form into the shape of a sickle, or the letter "C," when they lose their oxygen. These sickle cells tend to cluster together and cannot easily move through the blood vessels. The cluster causes a blockage and stops the movement of healthy, normal oxygen-carrying blood. This blockage is what causes the painful and damaging complications of sickle cell disease.
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF): Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease characterized by an abnormality in the body's salt, water- and mucus-making cells. It is chronic, progressive, and is usually fatal. Children with CF have an abnormality in the function of a cell protein called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR). CFTR controls the flow of water and certain salts in and out of the body's cells. As the movement of salt and water in and out of cells is altered, mucus becomes thickened. The thickened mucus can affect many organs and body systems.
  • Cerebral palsy (CP): Cerebral palsy is a broad term that describes a group of neurologic disorders. It is a lifelong condition that affects the communication between the brain and the muscles, causing a permanent state of uncoordinated movement and posturing. CP may be the result of an episode that causes a lack of oxygen to the brain.
  • Muscular dystrophy (MD): Muscular dystrophy is a broad term that describes a genetic (inherited) disorder of the muscles. Muscular dystrophy causes the muscles in the body to become very weak. The muscles break down and are replaced with fatty deposits over time. Other health problems often linked with muscular dystrophy include heart problems, scoliosis, and obesity.

Pain management for your child

We work with children on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis, so whether your child is staying in the hospital or living at home, we can help. Contact our office at (414) 266-2775 to ask questions or make an appointment.

Learn about some of the treatments we offer to help your child manage pain.