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Children’s Hospital trial open to teens to help fight pain

Children’s Hospital trial open to teens to help fight pain (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Researchers are calling it a “powerful pairing against pain.”

There’s a new trial designed to help teens in a new way.

The “Fit Teens” study at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is a trial open to teens in pain.

It uses athletic performance analysis, coping skills training and a workout to see if teens can learn to manage pain on their own.

“It hurts everywhere, and I feel it pretty much every day, it’s just some days are more severe, some days are less severe,” said Hannah Moore, a teen who has been diagnosed with juvenile fibromyalgia.

For Hannah Moore, the strength training program is a powerful prescription against pain that is caused by her case by juvenile fibromyalgia.

“It’s typically diagnosed in the early teen years,” said Dr. Susmita Kashikar-Zuck.

The study has been part of on-going research being conducted by Dr. Susmita Kashikar-Zuck who is a child psychologist who is among the first in the country to pair neuromuscular training, which starts with a computer analysis of movements and pressure points, with one on one training to reduce that pressure - which can lead to pain.

Patients can tell how much pressure they are putting on each joint and how they are using their muscles as they are walking,

What’s happening at Children’s Hospital is only part of what researchers are trying to understand, there is another part to the study, a part that could make a difference not just in behavior, but also in the behavior of the mind.

As part of the study, Hannah also gets classroom training in what Dr. Susmita Kashikar-Zuck calls “coping skills.”

It's called CBT or “cognitive behavioral therapy.”

“It’s a type of behavioral treatment that's really focused on helping teens reduce their pain, manage their pain better and get back to many of their physical activities,” said Dr. Susmita Kashikar-Zuck.

“I think that helped me more than even the exercises, because even when I was in pain I was able to cope with that pain,” said Hannah.

The fitness and behavioral sessions last about 45 minutes each.

The teens come to the sessions twice a week for 8 weeks.

If you'd like to find out more about the trial, you can call 513-636-1846.

There's no out of pocket cost to you if you qualify for the trial, but you do need to meet certain criteria.

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