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Algorithms of Pain Treatment

  • Andrew So
  • Karina Gritsenko
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Abstract

The treatment of chronic pain is a complex process that presents physicians with many unique challenges. The subjective nature of pain and its widespread association with many different disease states have led to the development of a systemic approach to pain treatment. More specifically, physicians have focused on the creation of various pain treatment algorithms to methodize approaches to treatment and set standards of care. This chapter will first present the tools commonly utilized in the initial assessment and evaluation of chronic pain patients, which is typically the first step in any pain treatment algorithm. Next, the World Health Organization’s analgesic ladder will be discussed, as it is one of the most widely practiced algorithms in treating chronic pain patients. Lastly, we will explain the current treatment guidelines for various common pain states.

Keywords

Pain assessment Visual analog scale World Health Organization analgesic ladder Failed back syndrome Pain treatment algorithm Neuropathic pain treatment Fibromyalgia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew So
    • 1
  • Karina Gritsenko
    • 2
  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical CenterNew York CityUSA
  2. 2.Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Montefiore Multidisciplinary Pain ProgramThe BronxUSA

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