Patient Outcomes at the Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome

The Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome at CHOP carefully tracks long and short-term outcomes for patients with amplified musculoskeletal pain who have been treated at CHOP though our musculoskeletal consultative clinic, outpatient services and/or therapeutic hospital treatment program.

All patients who have completed treatment in our Center have exhibited positive change in their functional ability as measured by the Functional Disability Inventory (FDI). They have successfully to full function and normal functional activities including school, friendships and sports.

In our published reports of 103 children with complex regional pain syndrome (AMPS Type I) treated at CHOP:

  • 100% became fully functional.
  • 92% became completely symptom-free.
  • 85% did not experience any significant relapse after treatment.
  • 88% of treated patients were still doing well 5 years after treatment.

The goal of AMPS treatment is to return your child or teen to typical functioning without pain. Treatment occurs in phases – typically, the pain lessens over time and with guided support from physicians and therapists, and activities with physical and occupational therapists. While each patient may require a different level of support at different parts of their journey, CHOP’s AMPS team is available to help.