Understanding Pain

An Introduction for Patients and Caregivers

By (author) Naheed Ali, Moshe Lewis

Publication date:

01 April 2015

Length of book:

414 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442233607

Pain is informally defined as the body's way of uncovering a problem. Whether due to an injury, infection, or something else, pain alerts a person that something is not right. Sometimes pain goes along with inflammation and swelling, and when it does, the problem is more evident. Oftentimes, pain is more generalized to the entire body, signaling a viral infection such as a flu virus. Still other times, there is no apparent root cause for a person’s pain. Yet, millions of people suffer from some form of pain on a daily basis.

Understanding Pain walks readers through the various types of pain, the causes and symptoms, as well as the methods of treatment currently available. From prescription medication to acupuncture and massage therapy, various approaches may work for some but not for others. But handling pain is essential for living well and functioning on a daily basis. Here, the authors provide a comprehensive introduction to the subject, covering self-care as well as caring for others in pain, and addressing alternative as well as traditional methods of pain management.
Medical doctors Lewis and Ali deliver a hefty overview of the history, causes, symptoms, and treatment of pain. . . .[T]he millions of Americans who suffer from acute pain (less than six months) or chronic pain (more than six months) and the doctors, friends, and family who look out for them will find much good information here.