Chapter 38. Pain Disorders

Steven A. King, M.D., M.S.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585622986.260284



Pain is one of the most common problems for which patients seek care. As a result of the ubiquity and potential complexity of pain, a wide range of treatments have been employed with varying degrees of success. Although pain is still frequently thought of as primarily a physical problem, there is often no clear correlation between physical pathology and the presence and severity of pain (Deyo and Weinstein 2001; Jensen et al. 1994).

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