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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: (March 2015, Volume 18, Issue 2)

  1 Elusive “Doc Fix”: Groundhog Day 2015 for Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)
Public Health Policy Opinion
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  2 First, Do No Harm by Adopting Evidence-Based Policy Initiatives: The Overselling of ICD-10 by Congress with High Expectations
Health Policy Opinion
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Standiford Helm II, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  3 An Updated Assessment of Utilization of Interventional Pain Management Techniques in the Medicare Population: 2000 – 2013
Public Health Policy Perspective
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Vidyasagar Pampati, MSc, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  4 Safeguards to Prevent Neurologic Complications after Epidural Steroid Injections: Analysis of Evidence and Lack of Applicability of Controversial Policies
Health Policy Opinion
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, and Frank J.E. Falco, MD.
  5 Systematic Review of Radiofrequency Ablation and Pulsed Radiofrequency for Management of Cervicogenic Headache
Systematic Review
Vittal R Nagar, MD, PhD, Pravardhan Birthi, MD, Jay S. Grider, DO, PhD, and Amit Asopa, MD, FRCA.
  6 The Impact of Genetic Variation on Sensitivity to Opioid Analgesics in Patients with Postoperative Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Systematic Review
Zhen-Yu Ren, MD, PhD, Xiao-Qing Xu, PhD, Yan-Ping Bao, PhD, Jie He, PhD, Le Shi, PhD, Jia-Hui Deng, , Xue-Jiao Gao, MS, Hui-Lin Tang, MS, Yu-Mei Wang, MD, and Lin Lu, MD, PhD.
  7 Ultrasound-Guided Greater Occipital Nerve Block: An Efficient Technique in Chronic Refractory Migraine Without Aura?
Randomized Trial
Deniz Palamar, MD, Derya Uluduz, MD, Sabahattin Saip, MD, Gul Erden, MD, Halil Unalan, MD, and Ulku Akarirmak, MD.
  8 Piriformis Syndrome: Comparison of the Effectiveness of Local Anesthetic and Corticosteroid Injections: A Double-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Study
Randomized Trial
Tugce O Misirlioglu, MD, Kenan Akgun, MD, Deniz Palamar, MD, Meryem G Erden, MD, and Tuba Erbilir, MD.
  9 Effects of Stellate Ganglion Block on Sedation as Assessed by Bispectral Index in Normal Healthy Volunteers
Randomized Trial
Jinseok Yeo, MD, and Younghoon Jeon, MD, PhD.
  10 Perioperative Lidocaine Infusion Reduces the Incidence of Post-Mastectomy Chronic Pain: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Randomized Trial
Randomized Trial
Abdullah S Terkawi, MD, Sonal Sharma, MD, Marcel E Durieux, MD, PhD, Swapna Thammishetti, MD, David Brenin, MD, and Mohamed Tiouririne, MD.
  11 Pulsed Radiofrequency for Chronic Inguinal Neuralgia
Randomized Trial
Mohamed Y Makharita, MD, and Yasser Mohamed Amr, MD.
  12 Transforaminal Endoscopic Treatment of Lumbar Radiculopathy after Instrumented Lumbar Spine Fusion
Retrospective Study
Albert E Telfeian, MD, PhD, Gabriele P Jasper, MD, and Gina M Francisco, BSc.
  13 Event-Related Cortical Processing in Neuropathic Pain under Long-Term Spinal Cord Stimulation
Observational Study
Ralf Weigel, MD, H Holger Capelle, MD, Herta Flor, MD, PhD, and Joachim K Krauss, MD.
  14 Blood Testing in Chronic Pain Management
Narrative Review
Timothy R. Deer, MD, and Joshua Gunn, PhD.
  15 Assessment of Clinical Outcomes of Cervical Epidural Neuroplasty Using a Racz-Catheter and Predictive Factors of Efficacy in Patients with Cervical Spinal Pain
Observational Study
Dong Eon Moon, MD, Hae Jung Park, MD, and Young Hoon Kim, MD.
  16 Patients with Refractory Back Pain Treated in the Emergency Department: Is Immediate Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection Superior to Hospital Admission and Standard Medical Pain Management?
Observational Study
Todd Miller, MD, Judah Burns, PhD, Jeffrey Gilligan, BS, Francis Baffour, MD, and Allan Brook, MD.
  17 Clinical Evaluation of Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection in Patients with Gadolinium Enhancing Spinal Nerves Associated with Disc Herniation
Observational Study
Hyeong-Jun Tak, MD, Rodney Jones, MD, Yun-Woo Cho, MD, PhD, Eun-Hyuk Kim, MD, and Sang-Ho Ahn, MD, PhD.
  18 Comparison of High-Viscosity Cement Vertebroplasty and Balloon Kyphoplasty for the Treatment of Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures
Prospective Assessment
Cheng-hu Wang, MD, Jin-zhu Ma, MD, Chuan-chen Zhang, MD, and Lin Nie, MD, PhD.