Chronic Pain Management & FND In the News

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March 25, 2022 – Student Uses Life-Altering Injury to Help Others Change the World
Zoe Gellert was eventually diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), persistent and excessive pain and inflammation that is disproportionate to the extent of a person’s injury or illness. Dr. Katherine Bentley, a pediatric physiatrist and director of the Pediatric Chronic Pain Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, said the pain can come from nerve or tissue damage or from an illness that amplifies the discomfort and prevent a person from properly functioning. Read more.

March 9, 2022 – Life-Changing Accident Led Teen to Create Business and Charity
In 2016, When Zoe Gellert was 11 years old, a 40-pound concrete paver fell onto her foot. Her long road to recovery seemed to be on track. However, after the injury should have healed, Zoe was still feeling intense pain and swelling in her foot had not subsided. After physical therapy provide to be too painful, Zoe sought the help of specialists, who confirmed that she had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a form of chronic pain that causes a person to experience persistent, severe and debilitating pain disproportionate to the severity of the initial injury, surgery or illness. Read more.


July 1, 2021 – Positively Managing Chronic Pain in Young Patients: An Interview with Katherine Bentley, MD

In this episode, Steve Adubato, PhD, speak with Katherine Bentley, MD, about how to manage chronic pain in young patients. Dr. Bentley, a pediatric doctor of physiatry at Children’s Specialized Hospital, describes their nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary chronic pain management program, including the treatment plan for chronic pain, the reassuring educational and support systems in place for patients and their parents, and the lengths care providers go to help young patients regain their normal lives. Read more.


May 2, 2019 – Adopt this Program to Treat Pediatric Chronic Pain Without Opioids
An inpatient chronic pain program for children and adolescents in New Jersey has been adopted by Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. More than 10% of hospitalized children show signs of chronic pain, and approximately 3% of pediatric chronic pain patients need intensive rehabilitation. The annual total costs to society to care for children and adolescents with moderate to severe chronic pain has been estimated at $19.5 billion. In April, the Rady Children’s inpatient program was launched in partnership with New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Children’s Specialized Hospital. The RWJBarnabas Health children’s hospital has had an inpatient program for children and adolescents with chronic pain for six years. Read more.

April 11, 2019 – RWJBarnabas Health brings pediatric pain management program to West Coast
The program – Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Chronic Pain Management – will now be available to patients in San Diego as well as other regions of Southern California and southwestern U.S. This will be the first inpatient children’s chronic pain program in Southern California and will align the expertise of both children’s hospitals. Read more.

April 11, 2019 – New Rady clinic to fight chronic pain without opioids
A heel fracture suffered while running on the beach eventually left Jasper Neale with such chronic pain that even putting on a shirt was agony. But an innovative program at a New Jersey hospital showed the 17-year-old how he could get his life back without the use of opioid painkillers, and now Rady Children’s Hospital is planning to follow the same route to help patients on the West Coast. Bill as the first such effort in Southern California, the program, which launched Thursday morning, is a partnership between Rady and Children’s Specialized Hospital of New Jersey. Read more.

April 11, 2019 – Children’s Specialized Hospital Announces New Partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Children’s Specialized Hospital, an RWJBarnabas Health facility and a leading pediatric provider for children facing health care challenges, including chronic pain and illness, today announced a partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. The partnership will expand Children’s Specialized Hospital’s East Coast-based Chronic Pain Management Program to pediatric adolescent patients in San Diego, Southern California and the southwestern United Sates through the all-new Children’s Specialized Hospital Chronic Pain Management Program at Rady Children’s Hospital San-Diego. Read more.


October 29, 2018 – Children’s Specialized Hospital Offers Life-Changing Chronic Pain Relief
When Leah Guerrini first came to Children’s Specialized Hospital in 2014, she was in a wheelchair. With her severe chronic pain preventing her from walking, she feared she may never get better. Her parents, Dawn and Darren, were also experiencing the same feelings of helplessness. Leah has a condition called Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND), also known as complex regional pain syndrome. The condition produces excruciating, chronic pain throughout a person’s body. Lucky, the Inpatient Chronic Pain Management Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital treats RND. Read more.

October 25, 2018 – Pediatric Physiatry offers medical treatments for brain, nerve, muscle and bone conditions
Pediatric physiatrists – who are also called pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians – specialize in the rehabilitation care and medical management of children and teens with a variety of both congenital and acquired conditions. Cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and brain or spinal cord injuries fall under this umbrella. So do neuromuscular disorders – or conditions involving the nerves that direct voluntary muscle movement – and musculoskeletal conditions. Young people with muscle, bone or joint pain, as well as mobility issues or difficulty doing day-to-day care tasks, can also benefit from a physiatrists care. Read more.

Patient Stories

  • “We’re very thankful and grateful for the program and for everyone who helped us get our child back. I’d recommend the Chronic Pain Management Program to anyone.”

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  • Trust the process, encourages Rachel. There are days where it’s going to be really hard but it’s worth it. Tell your therapists what’s on your mind – they really care.

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  • Working Through the Pain: How a brave young woman got her life back, with the help of Children's Specialized Hospital

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