Up-to-date information on pain management—including options to consider when conventional treatment is ineffective
Providing effective treatment for pain-especially to elderly clients-can be a vexing problem for even the most knowledgeable clinician. In Clinical Management of the Elderly Patient in Pain, some of the world's leading authorities describe the unique difficulties that arise when trying to provide pain relief to elderly patients. They examine conventional treatment with opioid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs along with a broad range of alternatives to consider when frontline drugs fail. Non-drug options for pain relief from the fields of physical medicine and psychology are also explored.
Essential topics addressed in Clinical Management of the Elderly Patient in Pain include:
- pain as an aspect of advancing age
- how pharmacology differs in elderly patients
- available therapeutic options, including opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-epileptic drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, membrane stabilizers, and topical agents
- physical medicine approaches
- psychological approaches to pain in the elderly