Explains the science behind pain and the practical steps sufferers can take to treat pain and restore hope.
Pain strikes all of us, but it becomes a recurring or constant condition for one in five people. For millions young and old, it is a difficult, day-to-day reality, and many sufferers have been left feeling more frustrated and helpless than ever, despite medical advances.
Pain is a guide to understanding and treating all kinds of pain, and helping sufferers maintain hope for a normal life. In accessible chapters, this book explains how pain occurs at a fundamental level, both psychologically and physically, and what makes ordinary pain debilitating.
Inside, you will find:
With a focus on the daily realities of suffering and recovery, Pain aims to inform readers about the therapeutic and psychological approaches to pain management. In addition, it offers concrete tools and strategies to help sufferers become experts on their own pain and guide their own treatment.
Marie-Josée Rivard has worked in the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the McGill University Health Centre since 2000. She works to raise awareness and correct myths about chronic pain among doctors, health professionals, and the general public. She lives in Montreal.