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Pain Center

We are dedicated to improving the quality of lives of children and teens who suffer acute and chronic pain. Pain interferes with recovery from surgery and illness, and affects mood, sleep, school performance and social interactions. We use a variety of approaches to relieve your child’s pain and help him get back to a healthy, active life.

Specialized care. 

We are one of only a few centers in a 5-state region that addresses a child or teen's physical, psychological and emotional well-being, not just the symptoms of pain. We offer traditional medical pain management, along with complementary therapies, in a supportive, compassionate environment. 

Our team is led by a pediatric anesthesiologist and includes pediatric nurses, nutritionists, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists and pediatric psychologists.

Together, we treat:

  • Patients recovering from surgery
  • Children undergoing painful procedures, such as bone marrow aspirations, chest tube insertions, lumbar puncture and other minor procedures
  • Patients with medical conditions that cause pain such as pancreatitis, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, fibromyalgia, cancer and chronic kidney disease
  • Patients experiencing pain as a result of trauma, a burn or a sports-related injury

Types of treatment.

We manage pain through a variety of medical and complementary treatments: 

  • Aromatherapy, which uses scents from volatile plant oils, including essential oils, to enhance psychological and physical well being. Studies have shown certain scents can reduce stress and tension, allowing patients to heal more quickly.
  • Herbology, which can offer pain and stress relief through the healing compounds found in some plants. Herbs can help heal and prevent certain ailments and also can strengthen the body's natural functions.
  • Homeopathy, in which treatment attempts to stimulate the body to heal itself through minute doses of natural products derived from organic and inorganic sources.
  • Interventional pain management, in which peripheral and neuraxial nerve blocks are used to interrupt the chronic pain cycle.
  • Massotherapy, which can promote healing by stimulating the body’s natural recuperative powers. Massage can improve blood flow to affected areas and reduce muscular fatigue, helping the body to heal faster.
  • Physical therapy, which is valuable in chronic pain treatment. Our physical therapists are trained to provide pain-related rehabilitation through various techniques directed at long-term pain relief.
  • Yoga therapy, which can improve flexibility, helping the body and mind to feel more relaxed. Yoga strengthens the muscles by using the body's own weight rather than barbells or machines, reducing the potential for further injury or strain.

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Akron Children's Hospital Pain Center
Main Hospital Building
214 West Bowery Street
4th floor - Orange Elevator
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Tarun Bhalla
Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chair, Anesthesia & Pain Medicine; Pediatric Anesthesiologist


Margaret Allen, MD, FASA

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Sarah Love, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist


Bradley Riemenschneider, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist; Pain Management Specialist

Laura Zeigler, MD

Director, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley Surgical Services; Pediatric Anesthesiologist


What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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