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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: (July 2014, Volume 17, Issue 4)

  1 Zohydro™ Approval by Food and Drug Administration: Controversial or Frightening?
Health Policy Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Sairam Atluri, MD, Kenneth D. Candido, MD, Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD, Thomas T. Simopoulos, MD, Jay S. Grider, DO, PhD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  2 Epidural Steroid Warning Controversy Still Dogging FDA
Health Policy Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Kenneth D. Candido, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, Christopher G. Gharibo, MD, Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Jay S. Grider, DO, PhD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  3 Randomized Trial of Epidural Injections for Spinal Stenosis Published in The New England Journal of Medicine: Further Confusion Without Clarification
Health Policy Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Kenneth D. Candido, MD, Alan D Kaye, MD, PhD, Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Christopher G. Gharibo, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  4 Transforaminal Versus Parasagittal Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection in Low Back Pain with Radicular Pain: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Active-Control Trial
Randomized Trial
Babita Ghai, MD, Dipika Bansal, MD, DM, Jonan Puni Kay, MD, Kaivalya Sadashiv Vadaje, MD, and Jyotsna Wig, MD.
  5 Fluoroscopically Guided Infiltration of the Cervical Nerve Root: An Indirect Approach Through the Ipsilateral Facet Joint
Non-Randomized Study
Alexios Kelekis, MD, PhD, Dimitrios K. Filippiadis, MD, Georgios Velonakis, MD, Jean-Baptist Martin, MD, PhD, Nikolaos Oikonomopoulos, MD, Elias Brountzos, MD, PhD, and Nikolaos Kelekis, MD, PhD.
  6 Adverse Events Associated with Fluoroscopically Guided Zygapophyseal Joint Injections
Retrospective Study
Chris Plastaras, MD, Zachary McCormick, MD, Donald Macron, MD, Cynthia Garvan, PhD, Anand Joshi, MD, MHA, Gary Chimes, MD, Wesley Smeal, MD, and Joshua Rittenberg, MD.
  7 Effect of Thoracic Epidural Analgesia on Pro-inflammatory Cytokines in Patients Subjected to Protective Lung Ventilation During Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy
Randomized Trial
Khaled M. Fares, MD, Sahar A. Mohamed, MD, Hesham M Hamza, MD, Douaa M Sayed, MD, and Diab F Hetta, MSc.
  8 Treatment of Metastatic Spinal Lesions with a Navigational Bipolar Radiofrequency Ablation Device: A Multicenter Retrospective Study
Retrospective Study
Praveen R Anchala, MD, Winston D Irving, MD, Travis J Hillen, MD, Michael V Friedman, MD, Bassem A. Georgy, MD, Douglass M Coldwell, MD, PhD, Nam D Tran, MD, PhD, Frank D Vrionis, MD, PhD, Allan Brook, MD, and Jack W. Jennings, MD, PhD.
  9 Transforaminal Epidural Injections in Chronic Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Active-Control Trial
Randomized Trial
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Kimberly A. Cash, RT, Vidyasagar Pampati, MSc, and Frank J.E. Falco, MD.
  10 Opioid Tolerance – A Predictor of Increased Length of Stay and Higher Readmission Rates
Observational Report
Padma Gulur, MD, Libby Williams, MPH, Sanjay Chaudhary, MHA, Katharine Koury, BA, and Michael Jaff, DO.
  11 Transforaminal Versus Interlaminar Approaches to Epidural Steroid Injections: A Systematic Review of Comparative Studies for Lumbosacral Radicular Pain
Systematic Review
George C Chang-Chien, DO, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD, Zachary McCormick, MD, Samuel K Chu, MD, Andrea M. Trescot, MD, and Kenneth D. Candido, MD.
  12 Tapentadol Prolonged Release for Managing Moderate to Severe, Chronic Malignant Tumor-Related Pain
Randomized Trial
Hans G Kress, MD, PhD, E Dietlind Koch, MD, Hristiyan Kosturski, MD, Achim Steup, Dipl-Stat, Keith Karcher, MS, Bernd Lange, MD, Can Dogan, , Mila S. Etropolski, MD, and Marielle Eerdekens, MD.
  13 Effects of Movement and Postural Positions in Spinal Cord Stimulation in the New Rechargeable Systems
Prospective Study
David Abejon, MD, Pablo Rueda, PhD, Elba Parodi, MD, PhD, and Javier Del Saz, MD.
  14 Increased Thermal Pain Sensitivity in Animals Exposed to Chronic High Dose Vicodin® but Not Pure Hydrocodone
Randomized Animal Trial
Thomas F. O’Connell, BA, Patrick S Carpenter, MS, Nadia Caballero, MD, Andrew J Putnam, MD, Joshua T Steere, MD, Gregory J Matz, MD, and Eileen M Foecking, PhD.
  15 KIMS, CEDIA, and HS-CEDIA Immunoassays Are Inadequately Sensitive for Detection of Benzodiazepines in Urine from Patients Treated for Chronic Pain
Diagnostic Accuracy Report
Alicia Darragh, MS, Marion L Snyder, PhD, Adam S Ptolemy, PhD, and Stacy Melanson, MD, PhD.
  16 Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain
Case Report
Xiaodong Pang, MD, PhD, Hong Yang, MD, and Baogan Peng, MD, PhD.
  17 Neuromodulation of the Great Auricular Nerve for Persistent Post-Traumatic Headache
Case Report
Foad Elahi, MD, and Chandan Reddy, MD.
  18 High Cervical Epidural Neurostimulation for Post-Traumatic Headache Management
Case Report
Foad Elahi, MD, and Chandan Reddy, MD.
  19 Androgen Deficiency in Long-Term Intrathecal Opioid Administration
Case Report
Chong H Kim, MD, Rolando Garcia, PA, Justin Stover, MD, Kyle Ritchie, MD, Thomas Whealton, MD, and Monica A Ata, MD.