Aches and Gains

A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain
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“No one is immune to pain, but together, we can overcome it.” 
— Paul Christo, M.D.

Traditional, integrative, and innovative approaches by one of the nation''s top pain specialists

Pain is often treatable but doctors, medical professionals, and patients don’t understand the intricacies of chronic pain. Millions who suffer from pain become hopeless. 

With Aches and Gains, Dr. Paul Christo, a Johns Hopkins physician and leading pain specialist sheds new light on what it means to live with and overcome pain. Dr. Christo shares celebrity interviews from his award-winning Sirius XM radio talk show Aches and Gains®, and stories from patients who have found a way to overcome the pain that once controlled their lives. 

Offering traditional, integrative, and innovative methods of easing pain, the book is a life-changing tool for anyone associated with pain including pain sufferers themselves, doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and caregivers.

Includes a foreward by renowned talk show host Montel Williams

Rave Reviews

“When you’re in pain and you are desperate for an expert, Dr. Christo is just that. He’s also filled with compassion and a wonderful bedside manner. Pain is inevitable but Dr. Christo helps relieve your suffering.”
Naomi Judd, singer, author, and humanitarian

“There’s no other book like it—eye-opening, motivational, and powerful. Dr. Paul Christo responds to this tremendous problem with new insights and reliable options. His care and good will for all of us in pain shines brightly, and his desire to bring forth the best and highest in everybody permeates his work.”
Clay Walker, multi-platinum country music artist

“Aches and Gains offers far-reaching therapeutic options for pain relief. Dr. Christo, and his interesting patients and prominent personalities from all walks of life, carefully guide anybody dealing with this multidimensional disease through its complexities in a remarkably understandable and compelling manner. Pain can strike us at any time in life. We are now fortunate to have a book that both serves as a beacon of hope and as a source of many evidence- based and emerging treatments that can really help.”
Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH, editor-in-chief, Pain Medicine; past president, American Academy of Pain Medicine

“This book is a terrific resource that everybody should pay attention to. It’s cutting-edge, easy to read, and inspirational. Dr. Paul Christo gives you the tools to move beyond your pain and into the realm of healthy living. Believe me, he is talking to YOU! I am honored to be a part of this movement!”
Gunnar Peterson, Beverly Hills–based personal trainer

“Dr. Christo has created a brilliant, comprehensive guide into the world of pain packed with research-based information while also dispensing his wise, compassionate guidance. Every person will need to navigate the realm of pain in some capacity at sometime in their lives. This stellar work gives them an invaluable roadmap.”
Kathleen Hall, Ph.D., CEO, The Stress Institute

“If you suffer from pain, know somebody who does, or want to limit your chances of developing it, Aches and Gains is a must read. Dr. Christo covers this universal problem with great expertise
and compassion.”
Coach Lou Holtz, 2008 College Football Hall of Fame Coach, retired ESPN analyst, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author

“Dr. Paul Christo’s insightful book Aches and Gains is a breath of fresh air, particularly at a time when we, as a nation, are experiencing an opioid-addiction catastrophe. This book offers true healing and ‘another therapeutic option’ without the dangerous effects of harsh drugs. Human beings will do anything to take away pain. It is refreshing to read a book that offers another path. If you are experiencing pain, I highly suggest you read Dr. Christo’s book before you consider any treatments.”
Suzanne Somers, actress and best-selling author

“Aches and Gains is a great resource for patients suffering with chronic pain. Dr. Christo shares his clinical and scientific expertise in a way that is engaging, informative, and empathetic, and doesn’t focus only on pills or surgery. The stories of famous individuals with pain are unique and informative, and demonstrate that pain can impact anyone. I think anyone reading this book will have a greater understanding of the causes of pain and strategies for managing it—giving them the tools to ultimately get back their lives.”
Roger Chou, MD, professor of medicine, division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Oregon Health & Science University

“Dr. Christo’s Aches and Gains provides an incredibly comprehensive overview of the many forms that pain can take, how it impacts the lives of its sufferers, and, most inspiringly, the multiple treatment options that are available for the tens of millions who suffer from chronic pain. Importantly, Dr. Christo strikes an impressive balance between conveying information that will be helpful to people experiencing pain while staying true to the current state of pain science. He artfully intertwines stories from real people with evidence-based information to both inspire and educate the reader. This book will help arm people in pain with knowledge and hope, empowering them to take control over their pain and their lives.”
Roger B. Fillingim, PhD, distinguished professor and director of the University of Florida’s Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence

“Dr. Christo gives a truly unique and balanced overview of all potentially valid possibilities for those who su er and have the desire to take back their function and quality of life. I would recommend this book for anyone who suffers from pain, who has loved ones in this condition, or would like to know things we can do to help this terrible problem for our society.”
Timothy R. Deer, MD, president, International Neuromodulation Society

“In the area of pain management, Dr. Paul Christo has devoted his career to helping those in need, and making a difference to improve their lives. His new book Aches and Gains is a wonderful culmination of his vast experience and knowledge. I recommend it as a helpful tool in pain management.”
Tim Janis, renowned composer

“Dr. Christo does a wonderful job sharing his knowledge and experiences dealing with chronic- pain patients. This book addresses all aspects of pain and contemporary treatments for those who suffer from it. It is an excellent source of information for patients and their caregivers.”
John D. Loeser, MD, professor, University of Washington; past president, American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain

“Dr. Paul Christo has provided a down-to-earth, easy-to-read and understand book that is highly recommended to help those with chronic pain and their family members effectively better manage chronic pain while improving function.”
Steven D. Feinberg, MD, MPH, board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation; board certified pain medicine, past president, The American Academy of Pain Medicine

“Dr. Christo has provided an accessible A-to-Z guide on the complex world of chronic pain. He uses helpful case vignettes to illustrate the subtleties of pain care. The knowledge gained by both providers and patients will empower them to manage pain more effectively.”
Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD, trainer and author of Veterans Affairs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain manual

More Information
Author Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA
Published On Sep 4, 2017
Pages 400
Table of Contents


Part I - Understanding and Treating Your Pain

1. Headache Pain

2. Joint and Soft Tissue Pain

3. Arthritis Pain

4. Neuropathic Pain

5. Pelvic and Sexual Pain

6. Infant Pain

7. Sports Injury and Pain

8. Skeletal Pain

9. Workplace Injury and Pain

10. Postsurgical Pain

11. Disease-Related Pain

12. Cancer Pain and Caregiving

13. Autoimmune Pain: A Hidden Epidemic

Part II - Medical Therapies for Pain: Traditional and Innovative

14. Pharmacological Therapies

15. Pain-Relieving Devices

16. Regenerative Biomedicine

Part III - Integrative Therapies for Pain

17. Weight Control, Exercise, and Diet

18. Sleep, Stress, and Emotional Health

19. Mind-Body Techniques for Pain Relief

20. Alternative Medicine and Pain Relief

21. Aromas, Music, and Pain Relief

22. Harnessing the Human Biofield

23. Pain Relief through Movement

24. Conclusion

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