Darlene, age 32 years, has been having back pain for a number of years, ever since suffering a compressed L2 disc as the result of a motor vehicle accident that led to surgery and extensive physiotherapy. Now she is missing time from work as a secretary because of constant pain. Darlene has been referred to you for chronic pain.
- As the nurse practitioner working with Darlene, what aspects of disorders of pain are important to understand?
- How would you effectively manage Darlenes pain at this time?