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a textbook for health professionals

The highly anticipated new edition of Pain: a textbook for health professionals (previous subtitle a textbook for therapists) has undergone a major rewrite in order to reflect the rapid developments in the field of pain management. It highlights an effective and evidence-based method, providing the theoretical basis to help with the assessment and management of persistent pain, while also discussing in depth a range of specific approaches.

Pain: a textbook for health professionals is written emphatically from a biopsychosocial perspective. In order to set the scene, the introductory section includes chapters on the patient’s voice and social determinants of pain. This ensures that the deeply personal and social aspects of pain are not lost among the more technical and biological commentary. These aspects provide an overall context, and are revisited in chapters on participation of life roles, work rehabilitation and psychology.

The basic science section includes key chapters on the psychology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of pain. This provides a basis for subsequent chapters on specific approaches such as pharmacology, physical therapy and complementary medicine. Pain in specific patient groups, including children, the elderly and those with cancer, are dealt with in separate chapters, as are pain problems such as complex regional pain syndrome and chronic spinal pain. Although the emphasis of the book is on long term pain, acute pain is discussed as a possible precursor and determinant of chronicity.

"The book covers a multitude of facets with regards relieving a patients pain, there are sections for pharmacological actions, rehabilitation, manual therapy and exercise therapy to name a few. The book is well researched and gives a very comprehensive overview of the major factors a therapist would require to treat pain." Physical Therapy In Sport, oct 14

Undergraduate and postgraduate students, clinicians and academics in occupational therapy and physiotherapy

Paperback, 472 Pages

Published: November 2013

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3478-7


  • 1. Introduction to pain
    Anita M. Unruh, Jenny Strong and Hubert van Griensven

    2. The patient’s voice
    Mandy Nielsen

    3. Social determinants of pain
    Kenneth D. Craig and Samantha R. Fashler


    4. The psychology of pain: models and targets for comprehensive assessment
    Gordon J.G. Asmundson, Lydia Gomez-Perez, Ashley A. Richter and R. Nicholas Carleton

    5. Neuroanatomy of the nociceptive system
    Mary Galea

    6.Neurophysiology of pain
    Hubert van Griensven


    7. Pain assessment and measurement
    Jenny Strong, Anita M. Unruh, Bill Vincenzino

    8. Psychological interventions: a conceptual perspective
    Michael J.L. Sullivan

    9. Psychological interventions: application to management of pain
    Patrick McGrath, Jill Chorney, Anna Huguet and Anita M. Unruh

    10. Neuropathic pain and complex regional pain syndrome
    Nicola U. Cook and Hubert van Griensven

    11. Pain pharmacology and the pharmacological management of pain
    Maree T. Smith and Arjun Muralidharan

    12. Manual therapy and influence on pain perception
    Chris McCarthy

    13. Exercise therapy
    Nadine Foster, Annette Bishop, Melanie Holden and Krysia Dziedzic

    14. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and acupuncture
    Mark I. Johnson and Carole A. Paley

    15. Complementary therapy approaches to pain
    Peter Mackereth, Ann Carter and Jacqui Stringer

    16. Workplace rehabilitation
    L. Gibson and J. Strong


    17. Pain education for professionals
    Emma Briggs and Sarah E. Henderson

    18. Pain in childhood
    Anita M. Unruh and Patrick J. McGrath

    19. Pain in the elderly
    Stephen J. Gibson

    20. Cancer pain
    Sally Bennett, Geoffrey Mitchell and Jenny Strong

    21. Managing chronic spinal pain
    Diarmuid Denneny

    22. Rehabilitation and the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health
    Karl S. Bagraith and Jenny Strong

    23. Participating in life roles
    Jenny Strong

    24. Persistent pain and the law: clinical and legal aspects of chronic pain
    George Mendelson and Danuta Mendelson

    25. Chronic pain and psychiatric problems
    Harold Merskey

    26. Acute pain
    Stephan A. Schug, Deborah Watson and Esther M. Pogatzki-Zahn

    27. Conclusions: the future
    Hubert van Griensven, Jenny Strong, Anita M. Unruh


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