This third edition of Essentials of Pain Medicine offers an accessible and concise, yet complete, overview of today's theory and practice of pain medicine and regional anesthesia. From a review of basic considerations through local anesthetics and nerve block techniques, this book provides the reader with an excellent tool for exam review or...
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This third edition of Essentials of Pain Medicine offers an accessible and concise, yet complete, overview of today's theory and practice of pain medicine and regional anesthesia. From a review of basic considerations through local anesthetics and nerve block techniques, this book provides the reader with an excellent tool for exam review or practice of Pain Management.
  • Organized in a concise, practical quick-reference format.
  • All chapters are brief and easy to read quickly.
  • Offers specific strategies for the evaluation and management of a full range of pain syndromes, including cancer pain.
  • Features over 230 diagrams, illustrations, summary charts and tables that clarify the information and make it easy to apply.
  • Discusses the latest drugs and therapeutic approaches, such as acupuncture.
  • Presents the management of pain for every setting where it is practiced, including the emergency room, the critical care unit, and the pain clinic.
  • Includes new topics such as: imaging in pain medicine, radiation safety, issues associated with the use of narcotics, intraarticular and intraperitoneal use of opioids, pain management in the emergency room and in the intensive care unit, pain management issues during pregnancy, geriatric pain, and hospice care and end-of-life issues.
  • New chapters on interventional procedures include discography, intradiscal electrothermal coagulation IDET, vertebroplasty, and piriformis injections. Truncal blocks and neuraxial blocks and anticoagulants are added to the section on nerve blocks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437735932
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 904,415
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Professor of Anesthesiology
Senior Associate Chair for Academic Affairs
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL
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Table of Contents


1. Anatomy and Physiology of Somatosensory and Pain Processing
2. The Neurochemistry of Somatosensory and Pain Processing
3. Taxonomy: Definition of Pain Terms and Chronic Pain Syndromes


4. Physical Examination of the Patient with Pain
5. Pain Assessment
6. Psychologic Evaluation and Testing
7. Neurophysiologic Testing for Pain
8. Anatomy, Imaging and Common Pain Generating Degenerative Pathologies of the Spine
9. Determination of Disability


10. Opioid Receptors
11. Major Opioids in Pain Management
12. Minor and Short-Acting Opioids
13. Opioid Therapy: Adverse Effects Including Addiction
14. Psychopharmacology for Pain Medicine
15. Membrane Stabilizers
16. Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs and COX-2 Selective Inhibitors
17. Muscle Relaxants
18. Drugs for the Interventional Physician: Botulinum Toxin, Steroids, Radiopaque Dye


19. Diagnostic Nerve Blocks
20. Neurosurgical Procedures for Treatment of Intractable Pain
21. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Approaches to Pain Management
22. Acupuncture
23. Pyschological Interventions For Chronic Pain
24. Substance Use Disorders and Detoxification


25. Pain Management in the Emergency Department
26. Preemptive Analgesia: Physiology and Clinical Studies
27. Patient-Controlled Analgesia
28. Intrathecal Opioid Injections for Postoperative Pain
29. Epidural Opioids for Postoperative Pain
30. Intraarticular and Intraperitoneal Opioids for Postoperative Pain
31. Pediatric Postoperative Pain
32. Pain Management During Pregnancy and Lactation
33. Pain Management in the Critically Ill Patient


34. Classification of Headache Disorders
35. Migraine Headache and Cluster Headache
36. Tension Type Headache, Chronic Tension Headache and Other Chronic Headache Types
37. Postdural Puncture Headache and Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension
38. Cervicogenic Headache and Orofacial Pain
39. An Overview of Low Back Pain Disorders
40. Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections for Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
41. Selective Nerve Root Blocks and Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
42. Facet Joint Pain: Facet Joint Injections and Facet Rhizotomy
43. Pain Originating from the Buttock: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Piriformis Syndrome
44. Myofascial Pain Syndrome
45. Fibromyalgia
46. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome CRPS: Terminology and Pathophysiology
47. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome CRPS: Diagnosis, and Treatment
48. Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia
49. Phantom Pain
50. Central Pain States
51. Visceral Pain and Pelvic Pain
52. Sickle Cell Anemia
53. Diabetic and Other Peripheral Neuropathies
54. Entrapment Neuropathies
55. Chronic Pain Management in Children
56. Geriatric Pain


57. Spinal Cord Stimulation
58. Implanted Drug Delivery Systems for Control of Chronic Pain
59. Discography
60. Intradiscal Techniques: Intradiscal Electrothermal Coagulation IDET and Nucleoplasty
61. Osteoporosis and Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
62. Issues in Fluoroscopy: Advantages of Fluoroscopy, Radiation Safety


63. Pharmacologic Management of Cancer Pain
64. Management of Pain at End of Life
65. Visceral Neurolytic Sympathetic Blocks
66. Intrathecal and Epidural Neurolysis: Agents Used for Neurolytic Block


67. Local Anesthetics – Clinical Aspects
68. Spinal Anesthesia
69. Epidural Anesthesia
70. Combined Spinal-Epidural Technique
71. Caudal Anesthesia
72. Head and Neck Blocks
73. Brachial Plexus Block: Techniques Above the Clavicle
74. Brachial Plexus Block: Techniques Below the Clavicle
75. Truncal Blocks: Intercostal, Paravertebral, Interpleural, Suprascapular, Ilioinguinal, and Iliohypogastric Nerve Blocks
76. Lumbar Plexus, Femoral, Lateral Femoral Cutaneous, Obturator, Saphenous, and Fascia Iliaca Blocks
77. Sciatic Nerve Block
78. Ankle Block
79. Issues in Peripheral Nerve Blocks: Use of Nerve Stimulators, Multiple Versus Single Injection Techniques, and Use of Adjuvants
80. Peripheral Sympathetic Blocks
81. Complications After Peripheral Nerve Blockade
82. Complications After Neuraxial Blockade
83. Anticoagulants and Neuraxial Injections
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