Pain Management

  • Jeffrey J. Dolce
  • Patricia C. Dickerson
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Physical functioning and health often decrease in old age. Approximately 80% of those 65 years or older suffer from one or more chronic illnesses (Bonica, 1980; Lewis, 1984). Decline in functioning occurs in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, urinary, and nervous systems. Many of these changes can be related to pain, discomfort, and functional limitations. Illnesses such as arthritic disorders, osteoporosis, neuralgias, and cancer are all common problems among the elderly that may be associated with pain (Butler & Gastel, 1980; Rowe & Besdine, 1982). Bone fractures due to falls, frequently encountered among the elderly, may also be accompanied by pain (Rubenstein & Robbins, 1984). Although pain is one of the most common complaints of the elderly (Crook, Rideout, & Browne, 1984; Haley, 1983), it is important to note that pain and discomfort are not an inevitable consequence of aging.


Chronic Pain Pain Management Herpes Zoster Pain Patient Behavioral Medicine 
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  • Jeffrey J. Dolce
    • 1
  • Patricia C. Dickerson
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavioral Medicine Unit, Division of General and Preventive MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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