This issue of Medical Clinics of North America, Guest Edited by Charles Argoff, MD is devoted to Chronic Pain Management. Dr. Argoff has assembled a group of expert authors to review the following topics: Chronic Pain Management: An Overview of Taxonomy, Conditions Commonly Encountered, and Assessment; The Acute to Chronic Pain Transition: Can Chronic Pain Be Prevented?; What Do We Know About the Pathophysiology of Chronic Pain? Implications for Treatment Considerations; An Overview of Pharmacologic Management of Chronic Pain; An Overview of Nonmedical Treatment of Chronic Pain; Managing Chronic Headache Disorders; Managing Osteoarthritis and Other Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Disorders; Managing Neuropathic Pain; Managing Low Back and Other Spinal Pain Disorders; Exploring the Use of Chronic Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain: When, How and for Whom?; The Role of Invasive Pain Management Modalities in the Treatment of Chronic Pain; Multimodal Management of Chronic Pain: What is the Evidence?; Managing Chronic Pain in Special Populations; and The Future of Pain Management as a Subspecialty: Meeting the Needs of the Patients We Care For.
By Charles E. Argoff, MD, Albany Medical Center