Sarah Rebstock, M.D., Ph.D., was featured in a CNN Technology on the Frontlines story about the innovative techniques used to help distract young patients from pain at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rebstock, Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Florida, served as Clinical Director of the Pain Medicine Care Complex in the district, was a principal investigator and is the chief innovator on the project.

The technology employs interactive video games that are paired with biofeedback to allow physical therapists to adjust treatment in real time. The young patients report that the technology distracts them from pain, and this helps therapists to target areas and achieve gains in pain management that previously might not have been accessible. The project also encompasses a multisensory learning oasis in lieu of a waiting room, an interactive pod bed that provides biofeedback and telemedicine/teleconference technology to help treat patients worldwide.

The technological tools have many applications but are particularly effective for children and teens with long-term pain-inducing conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, sickle cell or rheumatoid disease.

Dr. Rebstock continues to work in device development and is eager to expand the project to South Florida. In addition to the CNN story, she has appeared in a BBC video about the center.

Watch the CNN Video