About the program
The Young Adult Pain Rehabilitation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital is an intensive rehabilitative program for young adults between ages 18 and 26, who have ongoing chronic pain and limitations in completing typical daily activities after they have tried outpatient treatments. These types of chronic pain can include:
- headaches (chronic daily headaches, refractory migraines, chronic post-concussive headaches, etc.)
- chronic back pain
- chest pain
- complex regional pain syndrome
- functional abdominal pain
- limb pain
- other types of pain
As with children and teens, young adults can experience a number of challenges as a result of chronic pain. These include:
- difficulties at school or work
- difficulty maintaining a social life
- decreased participation in physical and recreational activities
- impaired quality of life
- increased visits to health care providers
The Young Adult Pain Rehabilitation Program is similar to our existing Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program, which has excellent outcomes in reducing pain and improving function in children and teens over the long term.
From chronic pain and exhaustion to tennis and esthetician school, check out how the Young Adult Pain Rehabilitation Center pushed her out of her comfort zone in managing chronic pain.
What to expect
We take a team approach so that patients receive care from specialists in several different disciplines — all in a program that meets the needs of busy young adults. Our highly specialized and dedicated team includes:
- physical therapists
- occupational therapists
- recreational therapists
- music therapists
- social workers
- nurse practitioners
We work together to provide an individualized treatment plan to help each patient meet treatment goals that emphasize restoring normal function and improving quality of life.
The program runs five days a week for four weeks a cohort. Program hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays. You can expect to:
- spend several hours a week doing group and individual physical therapy and occupational therapy, depending on your medical condition
- participate in group and individual psychology sessions
- learn about life skills, nutrition, and wellness
To learn more, please contact us at 781-216-1650.
Is your child under the age of 18?
The Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center (PPRC) is an intensive rehabilitation program that serves the needs of children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 18 who continue to suffer disabling, chronic pain despite having outpatient treatment.