Pediatric Pain Management
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Division of Pediatric Pain Medicine uses a multidisciplinary model to treat children's pain. We combine clinical services, research, and education to provide care to children with numerous types of pain conditions including, but not limited to:
Inpatient Pain and Symptom Management Consultation Service
(Acute Pain Service)
- Post-surgical pain
- Recent trauma
- Pain associated with medical procedures
- Pain associated with chronic medical problems
- Palliative/comfort care
Acute pain is one of the most common adverse symptoms experienced by children, occurring as a result of injury, illness, and necessary medical procedures. Pain is often inadequately assessed and treated. Pain is often associated with increased anxiety, avoidance, somatic symptoms, and parental distress.
Pediatric Pain and Symptom Management Clinic
(Chronic Pain Service)
- Pain due to a previous injury
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Pain associated with chronic medical problems such as: cancer, sickle cell anemia, and rheumatologic conditions.
Chronic pain is a significant problem in the pediatric population, conservatively estimated to affect 15% to 20% of children and adolescents. Children and their families experience significant emotional and social consequences as a result of pain and disability.
Our faculty members lecture locally, nationally, and internationally about pediatric pain management topics. We use the latest information in clinical care, research, education, and advocacy to ensure that the children of Arkansas receive the best pain management available.
Our talented team brings together experience and expertise from rehabilitation/physical therapy, nursing, psychology, and anesthesiology to treat pediatric pain in an integrated manner. Social work available as needed. We believe the most effective results can be achieved using this multidisciplinary approach.
New Patient Referrals
- For providers to refer a patient, please call the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Appointment Center at (501) 364-4000.
- After the referral has been received, patient and guardian must complete and return an age appropriate psychological questionnaire before an appointment will be made. Use the links below to print a questionnaire. The questionnaires can be
Faxed to: (501) 364-2939, Attention: Mandy Horn
Chronic Pain Management, Attention: Mandy Horn
1 Children’s Way, Slot 203,
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Main Hospital, South Wing, 2nd Floor
Multi-disciplinary Pain Management Clinic held on Tuesdays
Michael L. Schmitz, MD
Pain Medicine Team
Abid Ul Ghafoor, MD
Winston Ota, MD
Whit Robben, MD
Mandy Horn, RN, BSN
Michael Nelson, Physical Therapist
Note: This clinic is available to your child by physician referral. Talk with your child's physician and tell him/her you would like to be referred to ACH. Have the doctor contact the Arkansas Children's Hospital Appointment Center to make a referral at 501-364-4000. If your child does not have a regular physician, please call 501-364-4000 and we will be happy to recommend one in your area.