Your Child's Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS) Evaluation

Referrals for amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS) 

We require that all patients are referred to our center by a physician. In order to determine whether your child should come to our clinic for a consultation, please do one of the following:

After reviewing all pertinent medical information our team will determine if your child should be evaluated in our center and if so, we will discuss scheduling an appointment.

Before your appointment

Before your appointment, you are required to complete a packet which asks for detailed psychological information. This packet needs to be completed in full and returned to us prior to your scheduled appointment. If this information is not completed, your appointment will be cancelled.

Please note that being seen for an appointment in our center does not mean your child will be admitted into our intensive amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS) program.

Visiting the AMPS Center

Your child's appointment will be in the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, 12th Floor in the Division of Rheumatology. You will need to arrive at the AMPS Center 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. If you do not arrive 30 minutes early, your child may not be seen by a team member.

What to expect

Your new patient clinic visit will begin with a one hour psychological evaluation by one of the centers psychologists. This will not only include a psychological evaluation, will be also include psycho-education.

After the psychologist completes an evaluation, you will be evaluated by the physician and/or physician assistant.

You may also be asked to meet with the centers social worker during the appointment to discuss school issues, referrals, resources, etc.


After the initial consultation with our team, an individualized treatment plan for amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS) will be discussed with the patient and family. AMPS treatment begins at the time of the appointment in our center.

We encourage all children and families to closely follow recommendations provided during clinic visits to facilitate their treatment.

Reminder: An appointment in our center does not mean that your child will need to be admitted into our intensive program at the hospital.