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Pain Management in Disorders of the Hand

  • Carmel Martin
  • Richard Kennedy
  • Jeremy CashmanEmail author
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Abstract

The ability of an individual’s somatosensory system to detect noxious and potentially tissue damaging stimuli is an important protective mechanism. The multiple interrelated peripheral and central processes that detect these noxious stimuli are defined as nociception. But it is the interpretation of those multiple processes within the central nervous system (CNS) that results in the sensation of pain. Pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) as:

Keywords

Upperlimb Hand Pain Nociception Acute Chronic Trauma Nociceptive Neuropathic Analgesia Preventive Multimodal CRPS Phantom Biopsychosocial Pain management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmel Martin
    • 1
  • Richard Kennedy
    • 2
  • Jeremy Cashman
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Anaesthesia and Acute Pain ManagementWrightington HospitalWiganUK
  2. 2.Anaesthesia and Pain ManagementSt George’s HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.Anaesthesia and Acute Pain ManagementSt George’s HospitalLondonUK

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