Contents: Chronic Pain as Disease: the Pathophysiology of Disordered Pain -- Reliable Care Through the Activity Paradigm for Back Problems -- Headache -- Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia -- Neuropathic Pain -- Pharmacological Treatment of Pain -- Injection Based Analgesic Therapies -- Treating Pain Without Pills: an Integrative Approach to Complementary and Alternative Modalities -- Motivating Behavior Change in Patients with Chronic Pain -- Disability Management in Primary Care -- Psychosocial Factors in Chronic Pain Patients: When to Refer -- Addiction in Pain Management -- Protecting Your Practice: Appropriate Documentation for Pain Management -- Medical Board and Drug Enforcement Administration Investigations: How to Handle an Injury -- Disability Management Issues for an Injured Worker with Low Back Pain.
Review: "Noted critic, novelist and essayist Sheed recounts his recovery from three major illnesses in this highly personal, torturous, oddly exhilarating chronicle. The first illness, polio, struck in 1945 when he was 14. With unbridled optimism, Sheed struggled for years with a disease that ``seemed much more like a vacation from the pains of growing up than an addition to them.'' The book's centerpiece, his plunge into depression triggered by addiction to sleeping pills and alcohol in his mid-50s, unfolds a nightmare of panic attacks, manic highs, proliferating phobias and suicidal dementia. Sheed found scant relief through a stay in a sanatorium, antidepressants or lithium, on all of which he heaps scorn. His recovery seemed to follow its own logic and inner mechanisms of healing. Diagnosed with cancer in 1991, he underwent operations of the tongue and neck, as well as radiation treatments, a two-year ordeal he describes with wit and gallantry." -- Reed Elsevier Inc.