Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain

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Oxford University Press, 2015 - Psychology - 240 pages
"Madeline is a 15-year-old girl with abdominal pain and headaches that occur most days of the week. Because of her pain, she has missed 99 days of school this year and is no longer able to play volleyball. Her parents have taken her to see a number of specialists and she has tried many different medications but she has not experienced any improvement in her pain..."

Studies suggest that as many as four out of ten children and adolescents suffer from chronic pain. The causes of chronic pain in young people vary, from illness-related causes to pain following medical procedures. In fact, in some children the cause of chronic pain is never explained.

Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain is an invaluable resource for parents who wish to learn how to help their children and families cope with persisting pain using cutting-edge, scientifically proven treatment tools and techniques. The easy-to-implement strategies in this book provide parents with practical instructions for pain management that will enable children to return to school, participate in sports and other activities, and pursue healthy and active social lives. With guidance on how to prevent relapse, maintain improvements, and prevent future problems with pain and disability, Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain will empower parents to take a hands-on approach to relieving their child's pain.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
One How Pain Affects Children and Families
15
Two Getting Help and Setting Goals
29
Three Relaxation Methods for Children and Teenagers
41
Four Praise Attention and Reward Systems
57
Five Lifestyle Factors
81
Six Sleep Interventions
97
Seven School and Social Life
117
Eight Coping with Pain Stress and Other Problems
139
 Issues for Young Children and Older Adolescents
163
Ten Reflection Maintenance and Prevention
185
Appendices
201
Resources and Bibliography
217
Index
219
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Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine and is an internationally recognized researcher in pediatric chronic pain.

Emily F. Law, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine and provides clinical service through the Pain Medicine Service at Seattle Children's Hospital.

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