Pain - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780702034787, 9780702059247


2nd Edition

a textbook for health professionals

Editors: Hubert van Griensven Jenny Strong Anita Unruh
eBook ISBN: 9780702059247
eBook ISBN: 9780702058684
Paperback ISBN: 9780702034787
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 23rd November 2013
Page Count: 448

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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

Key Features

  • Patient-centred approach to care – advocates listening to the patient’s voice
  • Covers social determinants of pain
  • Guides the reader from pain psychology to the practical application of psychological interventions
  • Learning aids – chapter objectives, reflective exercises, case examples, and revision questions
  • Emphasizes an evidence-based perspective
  • Written by an international team of experts

Table of Contents

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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About the Editors

Hubert van Griensven

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow in Physiotherapy, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK, and Consultant Physiotherapist, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Essex, UK

Jenny Strong

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Occupational Therapy, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Anita Unruh

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Dean (Research & Academic), Academic Integrity Officer, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada