Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 22–34

Effective Treatments for Pain in the Older Patient

  • Paul J. Christo
  • Sean Li
  • Stephen J. Gibson
  • Perry Fine
  • Haroon Hameed
Article

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 adults Elderly Aging Seniors Pain control Pharmacotherapy Analgesia Opioids Biopsychosocial Complementary and alternative medicine Nerve blocks Injections Interventional techniques Neuromodulation Vertebroplasty Kyphoplasty Geriatric pain 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul J. Christo
    • 1
  • Sean Li
    • 1
  • Stephen J. Gibson
    • 2
  • Perry Fine
    • 3
  • Haroon Hameed
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pain MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.National Ageing Research InstituteRoyal Melbourne HospitalParkevilleAustralia
  3. 3.Pain Research Center, School of MedicineUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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