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Heal the Pain, Comfort the Spirit

Heal the Pain, Comfort the Spirit - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0812217957

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Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: 2002
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Heal the Pain, Comfort the Spirit - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0812217957

Dorene OHara

ISBN13: 978-0812217957
ISBN10: 0812217950
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Specialists estimate that as many as 60 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and approximately 20 percent of the population in most developed countries reports having chronic pain. According to one study, chronic back pain alone afflicts more than four million Americans, and nearly 50 percent of these are disabled by it. Pain is the most frequent cause of disability in the United States, with as many as 50 million Americans on short- or long-term disability leave from work at any one time. As these figures suggest, chronic pain is extremely difficult to treat successfully--it is a complex and baffling phenomenon, poorly understood even in the medical centers devoted to its diagnosis and treatment.

In Heal the Pain, Comfort the Spirit, Dorene O'Hara, an anesthesiologist with extensive training in pain management and clinical pharmacology, explores treatment techniques developed over many years of studying, treating, and lecturing on chronic pain. She also examines the important contributions made by other clinical professionals and by practitioners of alternative medicine.

Combining a general survey of the forms of pain therapy with suggestions for how patients can find the most appropriate treatment plan for themselves, Heal the Pain, Comfort the Spirit provides needed answers for pain sufferers as well as practitioners.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Problem
1 How We Think About Pain
2 The Treatment of Pain: History and Analysis
3 Pain as Self-Defense: Biological Models
4 The Vicious Circle: Biological Models of Chronic Pain
5 Pain Complaints: Making the Diagnosis
6 Just Make It Go Away: Pharmacologic Treatments of Acute and Chronic Pain
7 "It Hurts So Good": Physical Methods for Treating Pain
8 Stress, Psychology, and Pain in the Bodymind
9 Integrative Medicine: Expanding the Horizons for Pain Relief
10 Putting It All Together: What to Do if You Have a Pain Complaint
Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments

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