Table of Contents

Physiological factors and pain processing in the older adult.
The psychosocial impact of pain on the older adult patient.
Pain assessment in the older adult patient.
Pain assessment in the nonverbal, cognitively impaired older adults.
A review of pain assessment tools for use with the older adult patient.
Developing a comprehensive plan for managing pain in older adults.
Choosing the right medication for the pain complaint.
Adjuvant analgesic medications.
Managing medication side effects and specific recommendations for using medications with older patients.
Interventional options such as vertebroplasty for compression fractures, nerve blocks, and acupuncture.
Complementary interventions for pain management in older adults.
The role of physical therapy with pain and reconditioning.
Palliative care : techniques to promote comfort.
When is hospice the best option?.
Osteoarthritis and gout.
Chronic back pain and osteoporosis.
Neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy.
Central poststroke pain syndrome.
Facial pain associated with temporal arteritis and trigeminal neuralgia.
Rheumatological conditions.
Anxiety and depression in older adults.
Alcohol and substance use, misuse, and abuse. "Older adults can be especially susceptible to the debilitating effects of chronic pain, yet there are often barriers to successfully alleviating pain on the part of elderly patients and the health care professionals who treat them. This comprehensive guide to geriatric pain management provides the most current information available on assessment and treatment of pain in older adults. In a concise, reader-friendly format, the book provides techniques, tips, and tools for assessing pain and examines barriers to appropriate treatment. It addresses the physiological and psychosocial factors underlying the process and occurrence of pain and helps nurses to develop a comprehensive multimodal approach to pain management that includes pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions. The guide provides detailed coverage of medications commonly used for pain management, including all contraindications and side effects, so that nurses will be able to evaluate the best use of a medication in the context of comorbidities and sensitivities of each individual. Also addressed are chronic illnesses common to the elderly population, palliative and hospice care, treatment of concurrent depression and anxiety, treatment of cognitively impaired elderly, and techniques for assessment and intervention in cases of substance abuse"--Provided by publisher.