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Pain Physician is a bi-monthly journal, the official publication of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP).

Pain Physician is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal written by and directed to an audience of interventional pain physicians, clinicians and basic scientists with an interest in interventional pain management and pain medicine.

Pain Physician
presents the latest studies, research, and information vital to those in the emerging specialty of interventional pain management and critical to the people they serve.
Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD

Managing Editor - Bert Fellows, MA

Current issue highlights: (September 2014, Volume 17, Issue 5)

  1 Ethical Perspectives on Urine Drug Screening for Pain Physicians
Alan D Kaye, MD, PhD, Zwade J. Marshall, MD, Steven M. Lambert, MD, Andrea M. Trescot, MD, Amit Prabhakar, MD, Amir O Elhassan, MD, and Richard D. Urman, MD.
  2 Reversal of Epidural Cuts in 2015 Physician Payment Schedule: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Health Policy
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, Hans Hansen, MD, John R Swicegood, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  3 Epidural Steroid Injections Safety Recommendations by the Multi-Society Pain Workgroup (MPW): More Regulations Without Evidence or Clarification
Health Policy
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, Christopher G. Gharibo, MD, Kenneth D. Candido, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  4 Patient Perception of Pain Care in the United States: A 5-Year Comparative Analysis of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems
Comparative Analysis
Anita Gupta, DO, Lisa K Lee, MD, Jeffrey J Mojica, BS, Ali Nairizi, MD, and Shelley J George, MD.
  5 Prevalence of Low Back Pain in Latin America: A Systematic Literature Review
Systematic Review
Joao Batista S. Garcia, MD, PhD, John J Hernandez-Castro, PhD, Rocio G Nunez, MD, Maria AR Pazos, MD, Jorge O. Aguirre, PhD, Asisa Jreige, MD, Willian Delgado, MD, Manuel Serpentegui, MD, Maria Berenguel, MD, and Catalin Cantemir, MD.
  6 Efficacy and Safety of Dexmedetomidine Added to Caudal Bupivacaine in Pediatric Major Abdominal Cancer Surgery
Randomized Trial
Khaled M. Fares, MD, Ahmed H Othman, MD, and Nelly H Alieldin, MD.
  7 Dexmedetomidine as an Adjunctive Analgesic with Bupivacaine in Paravertebral Analgesia for Breast Cancer Surgery
Randomized Trial
Sahar A. Mohamed, MD, Khaled M. Fares, MD, Ashraf Amin Mohamed, MD, and Nelly H Alieldin, MD.
  8 The Catheter Tip Position and Effects of Percutaneous Epidural Neuroplasty in Patients with Lumbar Disc Disease During 6-Months of Follow-up
Retrospective Evaluation
Chang Hyun Oh, MD, Guy Yeul Ji, MD, Pyung Goo Cho, MD, Won-Seok Choi, MD, Dong Ah Shin, MD, PhD, Keung Nyun Kim, MD, PhD, and Hyun-ah Kang, MS.
  9 Chronic Opioid Therapy for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: A Review and Comparison of Treatment Guidelines
Comprehensive Review
Chi Wai Cheung, MD, Qiu Qiu, MD, Siu-Wai Choi, PhD, Brendan Moore, MBBS, Roger Goucke, MBBS, and Michael Irwin, MD.
  10 Effect of a Fixed-Dose Opioid Agonist/Antagonist on Constipation in Patients on Long-term Opioids for Non-Malignant Pain Unable to Tolerate Laxatives
Observational Study
Vivek Mehta, MD, Sami Alaward, MD, Sanjay Kuravinakop, MBBS, and Serge Nikolic, FRCA.
  11 A Review of the Role of Genetic Testing in Pain Medicine
Comprehensive Review
Andrea M. Trescot, MD, and Semyon Faynboym, MD.
  12 Applying Modern Pain Neuroscience in Clinical Practice: Criteria for the Classification of Central Sensitization Pain
Epidemiologic Assessment
Jo Nijs, PhD, Rafael Torres-Cueco, MSc, C. Paul van Wilgen, PhD, Enrique Lluh Girbes, MSc, Filip Struyf, PhD, PT, Nathalie Roussel, PT, PhD, Jessica van Oosterwijck, PhD, Liesbeth Daenen, PT, MSc, Kevin Kuppens, MSc, Luc Vanwerweeen, MSc, Linda Hermans, MSc, PT, David Beckwee, MSc, Lennard Voogt, PhD, Jacqui Clark, MSc, Niamh Moloney, PhD, and Mira Meeus, PT, PhD.
  13 The Anatomy of the Lateral Branches of the Sacral Dorsal Rami: Implications for Radiofrequency Ablation
Basic Science
Rachel C Cox, BA, and Joseph D. Fortin, DO.
  14 New Insights from Immunohistochemistry for the Characterization of Epidural Scar Tissue
Laboratory Study
Paulo Pereira, MD, Antonio Avelino, PhD, Pedro Monteiro, MD, Rui Vaz, MD, PhD, and Jose Manuel Castro-Lopes, MD, PhD.
  15 Cytotoxic Effect of Commercially Available Methylprednisolone Acetate with and without Reduced Preservatives on Dorsal Root Ganglion Sensory Neurons in Rats
Basic Science
Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD, Kenneth D. Candido, MD, Ivan Cokic, MD, Aleksandar Krbanjevic, MD, PhD, Sarah L. Berth, BS, and Ivana Knezevic, MD.