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Understanding Chronic Pain

Angela J. Koestler, PhD, & Ann Myers, MD

 

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In the United States, approximately 90 million people suffer from chronic pain. Although there is no cure, Understanding Chronic Pain outlines new and effective treatments that focus on the management of pain and improvement of a patient's quality of life. The authors have combined their experience as physician and therapist in this book intended for individuals burdened by chronic pain as well as for their families, coworkers, employers, and friends.

Chronic pain disables more people than cancer or heart disease and costs more than both combined. About 5 million Americans are partially disabled by back problems, and 2 million are so severely disabled that they cannot work. Twenty million people endure arthritis pain; 40 million experience chronic recurrent headaches. For many, the pain from the condition may interfere with the quality of their lives more than the condition itself.

Over the last twenty years our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of chronic pain has significantly increased. Understanding Chronic Pain treats these afflictions not as symptoms, but as a medical problem to be addressed with specific treatments and interventions.

Dr. Angela J. Koestler is co-owner of the Nordal Clinic in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and is the director of Behavioral Health Services at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson.

Dr. Ann Myers is clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and is also in private practice.

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