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Treatment for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome

Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS) is a painful condition in which the body’s perception of pain is increased, or amplified, due to an abnormal firing of the nerves that sense pain and control vascular tone. Forms of AMPS include juvenile fibromyalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND), or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Individuals can have diffuse or localized musculoskeletal pain which can be intermittent or constant in nature. Although AMPS does include isolated chronic headaches, fatigue or stomach pain, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience these symptoms in addition to their musculoskeletal pain. In many cases, it is a condition that often leads to multiple medical evaluations and failed treatments.
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center offers rehabilitation treatment aimed at young patients with these conditions. We take a multidisciplinary approach involving specialists from several clinical areas, including physical and occupational therapy, pediatric rheumatology, and pediatric psychology.  We work together to provide comprehensive care with a goal to help patients restore full function in areas such as school attendance, sports, and socializing as well as relief from pain and emotional distress related to pain. Patients learn the tools necessary to self-manage their pain.
AMPS Intensive Rehabilitation Program
The intensive AMPS program is a daily outpatient program that involves PT and OT sessions (one hour each) Monday-Friday for 5 weeks total. This program is also integrated with weekly behavioral therapy sessions in both a group and individual setting. Exercise therapy focuses on overall strengthening, restoring functional mobility, as well as focused desensitization. Behavioral therapy focuses on stress identification, stress management, coping strategies, and self-regulation.
Our clinical social worker is available to help families overcome barriers that may be related to school, travel, or lodging. Many out of town families may stay at the Rainbow House during the AMPS intensive program.