Clinical Pain Management


Acute Pain

Acute Pain brings coverage of this diverse area together in a single volume, from the basic mechanisms underlying the development of acute pain, to the various treatments that can be applied to control it in different clinical settings. Much expanded in this second edition, the volume reflects the huge advances that continue to be made in the management of acute pain.

  • Part One examines the basic aspects of acute pain and its management, including applied physiology and development neurobiology, the drugs commonly used in therapy, assessment, measurement and history-taking, post-operative pain management and its relationship to outcome, and preventive analgesia.
  • Part Two reviews the techniques used for the management of acute pain. Methods of drug delivery and non-pharmacological treatments including psychological therapies in adults and children and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation are considered here.
  • Part Three looks at the many clinical situations in which acute pain can arise, and the methods of treatment that may be suitable in each circumstance, whether the patient is young or old, has pain due to surgery, trauma, medical illness or childbirth, or is undergoing rehabilitation. Issues specific to the management of acute pain in the developing world are also covered here.

Edited by

Consultant Anaesthetist; and Director, Acute Pain Service
Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine
Royal Adelaide Hospital and University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust
London, UK

David J Rowbotham MB CHB MD MRCP FRCA
Professor of Anaesthesia and Pain Management; and
Head, Clinical Division of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management, University of Leicester
Leicester, UK

Series editor
Richard F Howard BSc MB ChB FRCA
Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Management
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
London, UK

Lead editor
Andrew SC Rice MB BS MD FRCA
Professor of Pain Research, Department of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care, Imperial College London; and Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation NHS Trust, London, UK