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Essentials of pain management

Essentials of pain management

Urman, Richard D; Kunnumpurath, Sreekumar; Hines, Roberta L; Vadivelu, Nalini

This concise, evidence-based text contains essential topics important for every pain management student, trainee, and practitioner. Both acute and chronic pain management principles and techniques are discussed, while numerous case vignettes help reinforce basic concepts and improve clinical decision making. Throughout, a multidisciplinary approach to pain is stressed. Behavioral and physical therapies, plus ethical considerations, are also discussed in this indispensable guide for anyone involved in the management of pain

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Published New York: Springer, c2011
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Statement of responsibility: editors, Nalini Vadivelu, Richard D. Urman, Roberta L. Hines ; case scenarios editor, Sreekumar Kunnumpurath
ISBN: 0387875786, 128308676X, 6613086762, 9780387875781, 9781283086769, 9786613086761
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Description based on print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 834 p.) : ill.
Subject: Pain therapy.; Pain Treatment.; Pain medicine.
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  1. Part 1. Introduction.- 1. Introduction to Pain Management, Historical Perspectives, and Careers in Pain Management.- 2.Multidisciplinary Approach to Pain Management.- Part 2. Anatomy and Physiology.- 3.Anatomic and Physiologic Principles.- 4.Acute and Chronic Mechanisms of Pain.- Part 3. Clinical Principles.- 5.Assessment of Pain
  2. Complete Patient Evaluation.- 6.Diagnostic Testing in Pain Management.- Part 4. Pharmacology.- 7.Opioids
  3. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics.- 8.Opioids
  4. Basic Concepts in Clinical Practice.- 9.Non-opioid Analgesics in Pain Management.- 10.Alternative and Herbal Pharmaceuticals.- 11.Importance of Placebo Effect in Pain Management.- Part 5. Non-pharmacologic Management of Pain.- 12.Psychological and Psychosocial Evaluation of the Chronic Pain Patient.- 13.Interventional Pain Management.- 14.Functional Restoration of Patients with Pain.- 15.Occupational Therapy in Client-Centered Pain Management.- 16.Acupucture.- 17.Nursing Perspective on Pain Management.- 18.Post-surgical Pain Management.- Part 6. Acute Pain Management.- 19.Surgical and Trauma Patient and Burns.- 20.Regional Anesthesia Techniques.- 21.Principles of Ultrasound Techniques.- 22.Labor Pain Management.- Part 7. Chronic Pain Management.- 23.Neuropathic Pain.- 24.Ischemic and Visceral Pain.- 25.Fibromyalgia, Arthritic, and Myofascial Pain .- 26.Head, Neck, and Back Pain.- 27.Headache.- 28.Management of Cancer Pain.- 29.Ethics in Pain Management and End of Life Care.- Part 8. Additional Topics.- 30.Pediatric Pain Management.- 31.Managing Pain in the Addicted Patient.- 32.Pain Management in Elderly Patients.- 33.Management of Oro-Dental Pain.- 34.Drug Formulary for Pain Management.- Appendix.- Multiple Choice Questions.

Author note

Nalini Vadivelu, MD Associate Professor Department of Anesthesiology Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Connecticut USA

Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA Assistant Professor of Anesthesia Harvard Medical School Director, Hospital Procedural Sedation Management Department of Anesthesiology Brigham & Women's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts USA

Roberta L. Hines, MD Nicholas M. Greene Professor of Anesthesiology Department Chair and Chief, Anesthesiology Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Connecticut USA


From the reviews:

"The book is divided into nine parts covering all aspects of a pain management. The book covers the subject broadly and chapters touch on alternative forms of treatment such as acupuncture as well as the psychosocial and psychological aspects of pain. . References are up to date and comprehensive. Overall an excellent book for those contemplating going into or already performing the practice of pain management." (American Journal of Neuroradiology, January, 2012)

"The book is exemplary in many respects. . explores accepted and evolving strategies for pain treatment. . The engaging and practical case scenarios at the end of each chapter carefully guide the reader through various clinical decision points. . Essentials of Pain Management is an outstanding resource that would be useful to clinicians seeking a broad understanding of pain and its evolving treatment strategies and controversies. It covers a wide array of topics, including some not always found in traditional textbooks on pain." (Devi E. Nampiaparampil, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 306 (1), July, 2011)

"This comprehensive and up-to-date book on acute and chronic pain management includes case scenarios at the end of chapters to bring the topics to life. . All physicians who manage patients in pain can benefit. . the book is specifically meant for pain physicians, all anesthesiologists will find it helpful in their day-to-day practice. . it useful for any level of trainee. . No book on the market rivals this one in its usefulness to trainees in anesthesia doing pain rotations or pain fellowships." (Tariq M. Malik, Doody's Book Reviews, April, 2011)

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Essentials of Pain Management is a concise, evidence-based guide that stresses a multidisciplinary approach to pain and provides a thorough review of clinical principles and procedures. Edited by faculty from Yale and Harvard Medical Schools, Essentials provides a practical approach to pain management for every type of pain management practitioner.


* Extensive case vignettes illustrating specific pain management challenges and solutions

* Multiple-choice questions with detailed answers useful for exam preparation

* In-depth discussions of palliative medicine, end-of-life care, physical therapy and

acupuncture, behavioral therapy, and pediatric and elderly pain

* A formulary of commonly used drugs for an easy go-to reference for every office

* Special considerations for nurses and dentists

From career choices in pain management to the specific drugs, procedures, and therapies that can alleviate pain, Essentials of Pain Management is a valuable resource for all pain management practitioners.