Pain syndromes involve a complex interaction of medical and psychological factors. In each syndrome unique physiological mechanisms are mediated by emotional states, personality traits, and environmental pressures to determine the nature and extent of pain complaints and pain-related disability. The Handbook addresses the complexities of chronic pain in three ways.
Section I describes general concerns that cross-cut the different syndromes, such as the use of narcotic pain medications, the detection of deception and malingering, and the epidemiology of pain. Section II presents comprehensive reviews of a wide range of pain syndromes. Each covers basic pathophysiology, psychological factors found to influence the course of the syndrome, and syndrome-specific multidisciplinary treatment approaches. Most of the Section II chapters are coauthored by psychologists and physicians. Section III discusses pain in special populations, including the elderly and children.
The Handbook is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and integrated single-volume resource for all those professionally concerned with pain.
"…a unique contribution to the field of chronic pain in that every chapter attempts a comprehensive biopsychosocial presentation of the topic….This book is a very valuable resource for the experienced as well as beginning health care professional working with pain patients, particularly mental health professionals, who need to learn about or review a particular pain syndrome from either the medical or psychological perspective….The book is very well written, well organized both between chapters and within chapters, and well-referenced with relatively up to date references….It is a must for every pain clinician and/or researcher's bookshelf."
—Journal of Health Psychology
Contents: Preface. Part I: General Considerations. L. LeResche, M. Von Korff, Epidemiology of Chronic Pain. M.E. Robinson, J.L. Riley, III, Models of Pain. K.D. Craig, M.L. Hill, B. McMurtry, Detecting Deception and Malingering. T. Hadjistavropoulos, Chronic Pain on Trial: The Influence of Litigation and Compensation on Chronic Pain Syndromes. A. Okifuji, D.C. Turk, D. Kalauokalani, Clinical Outcome and Economic Evaluation of Multidisciplinary Pain Centers. R.D. Kerns, L.A. Bayer, J.C. Findley, Motivation and Adherence in the Management of Chronic Pain. E. Fernandez, T.S. Clark, D. Ruddick-Davis, A Framework for Conceptualization and Assessment of Affective Disturbance in Pain. H. Merskey, D. Moulin, Pharmacological Treatment in Chronic Pain. Part II: Specific Pain Syndromes. Section A: Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Conditions. M.E. Geisser, M.O. Colwell, Chronic Back Pain: Conservative Approaches. A.R. Block, C. Callewart, Surgery for Chronic Spine Pain: Procedures for Patient Selection and Outcome Enhancement. D.L. Massoth, Psychological Factors Influencing Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders. R.W. Teasell, A.P. Shapiro, Whiplash Injuries. L.A. Bradley, Pain in Patients With Rheumatic Disease. Section B: Neurological Conditions. E.F. Kremer, J. Hudson, T. Schreiffer, Headache. P.N. Duckro, J.T. Chibnall, Chronic Posttraumatic Headache. H.G. Steger, S. Bruehl, R.N. Harden, Complex Regional Pain Syndromes: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. F.M. Perkins, R.T. Moxley, III, A.S. Papciak, Pain in Multiple Sclerosis and the Muscular Dystrophies. R.H. Dworkin, R.W. Johnson, A Belt of Roses From Hell: Acute Pain in Herpes Zoster and Posttherapeutic Neuralgia. J. Katz, Phantom Limb Pain. E. Eliav, R.H. Gracely, Trigeminal Neuralgia. Section C: Pelvic and Abdominal Syndromes. R.C. Reiter, Chronic Pelvic Pain. M.D. Crowell, I. Barofsky, Functional Gastrointestinal Pain Syndromes. Part III: Special Populations. R.S. Roth, A.M. deRosayro, Cancer Pain. L. McAlpine, P.J. McGrath, Chronic and Recurrent Pain in Children. R. Roy, M.R. Thomas, A.J. Cook, Geriatric Benign Chronic Pain: An Overview. J.J.W. Schaeffer, K.M. Gil, L.S. Porter, Sickle-Cell Disease. D.R. Patterson, J.N. Doctor, S.R. Sharar, Burn Pain. S. Lautenbacher, G.B. Rollman, Somatization, Hypochondriasis, and Related Conditions.