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Children’s Chronic Pain: Thinking Outside the Box
In this video interview, pain specialist nurse Jenny McHugh discusses working with children at Alder Hey Children's Hospital with Prof Bernie Carter from Edge Hill University.
They talk about the kinds of chronic/persistent pain children present with, and the role of a multidisciplinary team in working with them.
By thinking ‘outside the box’, Jenny has successfully introduced acupuncture into the children’s chronic pain service. This is to address not only physical pain, but also associated issues such as sleep loss and anxiety.
There is a need for ways to support children and young people to get moving again while experiencing chronic pain – pointing to the potential role that dance and somatic practices could play in the future.