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Some treatments cause chronic pain: can we reduce the risk?

Brigitta Brandner

in Long-term pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199214150
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199214150.003.0004
Some treatments cause chronic pain: can we reduce the risk?

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For many, the million dollar question is whether chronic pain can be prevented. In the opening chapter of this book some of the determinants of chronic pain were discussed. Many of them relate to psychosocial issues that play a part in the development of pretty much all major Western ailments. They are tied in to a person’s life, work and relationships and become very difficult to unravel without effort at a national level. This chapter looks at the pains that doctors can cause. Surgery and trauma are potent stimulators of pain and sometimes this persists. We will explore possible strategies to prevent chronic pain from developing in a patient undergoing a lower limb amputation, which is a common and distressing experience for amputees.

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Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Pain Medicine

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