Pain Management (Pediatric Chronic Pain Management)

The Chronic Pain Management Clinic at The Montreal Children’s Hospital helps patients and families dealing with physical, psychological, spiritual and social factors associated with complex medical conditions. 

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Our history

The Montreal Children’s Hospital Chronic Pain Management Clinic was launched in the 1990s as a multidisciplinary service for children whose needs were greater than what conventional clinics could provide. The initial goal of the clinic was to pay particular attention to the specific challenges associated with pain conditions.

In 1997, the clinic adapted its model, which it still follows, to allow specialists to come together and simultaneously interview patients and families. Patients who are seen at the clinic meet with all members of the team, so that everyone can keep track of the discussion about treatments being offered and can analyze the outcome together.

Over the years, the number of referrals to the Clinic has grown to about 40 new patients per year with around 200 visits annually. Our clinic’s waiting time is no more than three months. In between clinic visits, patients undergo interventions in psychology and physiotherapy, and a clinical nurse specialist provides support to parents.

Our team

Four specialists make up the core group of the Pain Management team, and include a psychologist, a physiotherapist, a pediatric anesthesiologist and a clinical nurse specialist. All four professionals have undergone training in chronic pain management and have two decades experience in the care of pediatric patients who have chronic pain. The team also includes consultants from other medical specialties such as Surgery, Psychiatry and Social Services.

Department head:

Dr. Joëlle Desparmet, Department of Anesthesia, Director - Chronic Pain Management

Staff members

  • Dr. Yves Beaulieu, Psychologist 
  • Dr. Joëlle Desparmet 
  • Carlo Galli, Physiotherapist 
  • Christina Rosmus, Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Where the care happens

Chronic pain patients are seen in our clinic room, which provides ample space for the patient, family, and the team, as well as space for a wheelchair if need be. An observation room adjoins our clinic room, and is separated by a two-way mirror. This allows observers and students to watch interviews—with a patient or family’s approval—for educational and training purposes.

Our services

Physiotherapy interventions: this type of treatment is centered on returning a patient to normal functioning through reconditioning, the use of laser and ultrasound treatments, or through adapted exercises such as stretching, strengthening, and endurance.

Psychology interventions: this type of treatment focuses on relaxation, the development of coping strategies, cognitive behavioural adjustments and techniques such as biofeedback (a treatment technique in which patients are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies).

Nursing interventions: these types of interventions are used to provide support to families and facilitate coordination between the team and patients.

Medical interventions: these types of treatments can involve medications or diagnostic and therapeutic regional blocks (medicating a particular part of the body) to control pain. Communication and detailed explanations between patients and members of the team are essential in the success of these types of treatment plans.

Refer a patient 

Room number: A 02.2227, Glen site
To make an appointment or reach the office call: 514-412-4448
Fax: 514- 412-4341