Pain Sourcebook, 4th Ed.

Health Reference Series

Pain Sourcebook, 4th Ed.

Web Price: $85.00

According to the National Institutes of Health, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined, and chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability in the U.S.

Pain Sourcebook, 4th Edition, provides updated information about the different ways people experience pain and how pain affects mental health, sleep patterns, and everyday tasks. Causes and treatments of common types of pain are discussed, including facts about diagnostic procedures, conventional and CAM therapies for pain relief, and tips for working with a healthcare provider or pain management team.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below. Please see the Table of Contents for a more complete understanding of the comprehensive coverage offered in Pain Sourcebook, 4th Edition.

Part I: Encountering and Avoiding Pain examines the phenomenon of pain, the various ways people experience it, and the differences in pain perception among specific subpopulations. It offers strategies for coping with chronic pain and provides tips for avoiding pain.

Part II: Musculoskeletal Pain provides information about disorders and injuries that can cause pain in the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles, including arthritis and other rheumatic disorders, back and neck pain, foot pain, and sports injuries.

Part III: Other Pain-Related Injuries and Disorders is concerned with conditions where pain is the primary symptom or a common complication. These include complaints defined by pain, such as headaches, as well as diseases that have associated pain, including cancer, heart disease, appendicitis, sickle cell anemia, sinusitis, and kidney stones. Painful injuries and wounds to the body, such as burns, amputations, and surgical incisions, are also discussed.

Part IV: Medical Management of Pain offers suggestions for effectively communicating pain-related symptoms to a health care provider and describes the tools used to diagnose the sources of acute and chronic pain. Various approaches to pain management, including the benefits and risks associated with some of the most commonly used pain relievers, are discussed. Invasive, implanted, and surgical interventions are also addressed, and information about palliative care is included.

Part V: Additional Help and Information includes a glossary of terms and a directory of relevant resources.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts


“A consumer healthcare and wellness handbook that describes many types of pain, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments, and where to go for more in-depth information. … Excellent for ready-reference uses and can be used for beginning students in the health fields. … Would be appropriate for consumer health library collections in both public and academic libraries.”

—American Reference Books Annual, 2014