Pain is something that everyone feels but has always been difficult to understand and investigate due to its subjective nature. Practical Pain Management is written for all those involved in the care of people suffering from pain. The authors explain why pain is so often disregarded andpoorly managed by clinicians. With an emphasis on the practical management of both chronic and acute pain, the book explores the mechanisms involved in pain perception, the use of analgesic drugs, local anaesthetics, nerve blocks and stimulation techniques. The rehabilitation and care of patientswhose pain cannot be adequately relieved is also considered and some way in which specialist pain services can help with chronic pain syndromes are described. This comprehensive guide will help all those caring for patients in pain to have a better understanding of pain and to work more effectivelytowards its management.