Newswise — All kids experience pain at some point, whether from injury or illness. For some kids, however, the pain is chronic and doesn’t respond well to treatment. But there is hope.

The past decade has brought a wealth of research and newer technologies, such as brain imaging, which have led not only to increased understanding of the mechanisms underlying chronic pain, but also to new treatments.

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer, director of the Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, is co-author of a new book on helping children cope with pain: “Pain in Children and Young Adults: The Journey Back to Normal: Two Pediatricians' Mind-Body Guide for Parents.”

The book includes information from more than 40 experts in almost every type of pain. They discuss specific pain problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, sports injuries, and many more conditions. It describes physical, psychological, behavioral, and mind-body therapies, as well as “what to do when it seems nothing is working.”

The book also describe strategies for working with the school after the child has had many absences, how to work with insurance companies to get services covered, and many more practical aspects that enhance parents’ abilities to help their child in pain.

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