Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 22–34

Effective Treatments for Pain in the Older Patient

Authors

    • Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Sean Li
    • Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Stephen J. Gibson
    • National Ageing Research InstituteRoyal Melbourne Hospital
  • Perry Fine
    • Pain Research Center, School of MedicineUniversity of Utah
  • Haroon Hameed
    • Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-010-0164-0

Cite this article as:
Christo, P.J., Li, S., Gibson, S.J. et al. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2011) 15: 22. doi:10.1007/s11916-010-0164-0

Abstract

By 2050, the number of older persons across the globe will exceed the number of younger people for the first time in history. Chronic conditions, especially pain, will rise in prevalence as the population ages. Controlling pain in this unique subset of the population demands careful attention to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic factors and their specific impact on pharmacotherapies, relevant complementary and alternative medicine therapies, and interventional strategies.

Keywords

Older adultsElderlyAgingSeniorsPain controlPharmacotherapyAnalgesiaOpioidsBiopsychosocialComplementary and alternative medicineNerve blocksInjectionsInterventional techniquesNeuromodulationVertebroplastyKyphoplastyGeriatric pain

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