If you're in chronic pain and you're not getting adequate relief from your treatment, this book is for you. You don't have to "learn to live with your pain" or put up with unpleasant side effects from your medication. The good news is that there are treatments available that could safely cure your pain.
Kirkus Reviews says The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments is "A comprehensive, impeccably researched debut handbook that focuses on alternative treatments for chronic pain... its all-embracing approach makes it suitable for laymen and health care providers alike."
The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments reviews the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of a wide variety of treatments, and reveals how organized medicine may be keeping you from getting the care you need and deserve. This comprehensive guide will help you avoid the treatments that don't work or are likely to cause harm and select the therapies that are most likely to promote healing.
Here are some things you will learn about in The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments:
* Which drugs are likely to do more harm than good and which are the safest
* Why results from one common diagnostic test should never be a reason to have back surgery
* How your mind influences pain levels.
* How to use your brain to heal your pain
* The evidence for the safety and effectiveness of drug-free, nonsurgical treatments
* There is no one size fits all treatment and a multidisciplinary approach works best
When you read this book you will also learn about how the following therapies can heal your pain:
* Physical therapy
* Chiropractic treatment
* Nutrition and supplements
* Energy medicine
* Low level laser therapy
* Multidisciplinary pain treatment programs
Unlike most books on chronic pain treatment that advocate one specific treatment, The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments provides information about a wide variety of therapies so that you can make informed decisions about what is best for you.
This essential pain management handbook also explains why you haven't heard more about the many safe, effective pain treatments that are available. It includes a legislative proposal, the Pain Treatment Parity Act, which would eliminate the barriers to pain patients getting safer and more effective care.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction 1
Chapter 1: How Do We Know What Works? 7
Chapter 2: Pharmaceutical Treatments 17
Chapter 3: Injections 43
Chapter 4: Surgical Treatments 51
Chapter 5: Mind/Body Treatments 61
Chapter 6: Manipulative and Body-Based Practices 87
Chapter 7: Nutritional Interventions 111
Chapter 8: Herbal Treatments 149
Chapter 9: Exercise 161
Chapter 10: Homeopathy 171
Chapter 11: Acupuncture 181
Chapter 12: Energy Healing 187
Chapter 13: Marijuana 195
Chapter 14: Low-level Laser Therapy 209
Chapter 15: Multidisciplinary Programs 217
Chapter 16: The Pain Treatment Parity Act 221