Understanding Pain: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How It's Managed
An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and an additional 25 million experience acute pain as a result of surgery or injury. Many people assume they must live with pain, but this is simply untrue. Most pain can be managed or greatly eased with proper pain management; however, the reality is that most pain goes untreated, under-treated, or improperly treated. With proper management the overall health, well-being, and quality of life of millions of Americans can be improved.
Understanding Pain provides a comprehensive guide for individuals who do not have medical training yet experience chronic pain and wish to improve their understanding about the problem they live with each day. Chapters include:Chapters include:
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The Evaluation8212What Should I Tell My Doctor?
The Multidisciplinary Approach8212The Best Way to Treat My Pain
The Anatomy of Pain8212The Basis for Selecting Treatment Options
Nonpharmacologic Options for Pain Management
Pharmacological Options in Pain Management8212Nonopioid Analgesics
Pharmacological Options in Pain Management8212Opioid Analgesics
Opioid Analgesics8212Myth versus Benefit
Pharmacologic Options in Pain Management8212Adjuvant Medications
Pharmacologic Options in Pain Management8212Dosing and Alternate Routes of Administration
Invasive Options and When to Consider Them
Age and Sex8212Special Considerations for Pain Management