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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 2015, Volume 18, Issue 4)

  1 Celebrating the Life of Alon P. Winnie, MD, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management Icon
In Memoriam
Kenneth D. Candido, MD
  2 The Tragedy of the Implementation of ICD-10-CM as ICD-10: Is the Cart Before the Horse or Is There a Tragic Paradox of Misinformation and Ignorance?
Health Policy Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD, Vijay Singh, MD, and Mark V Boswell, MD, PhD.
  3 A Best-Evidence Systematic Appraisal of the Diagnostic Accuracy and Utility of Facet (Zygapophysial) Joint Injections in Chronic Spinal Pain
Systematic Review
Mark V Boswell, MD, PhD, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD, Sanjay Bakshi, MD, Christopher G. Gharibo, MD, Sanjeeva Gupta, MD, Sachin Sunny Jha, MD, MS, Devi E Nampiaparampil, MD, Thomas T. Simopoulos, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  4 A Systematic Review and Best Evidence Synthesis of the Effectiveness of Therapeutic Facet Joint Interventions in Managing Chronic Spinal Pain
Systematic Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD, Mark V Boswell, MD, PhD, Sanjay Bakshi, MD, Christopher G. Gharibo, MD, Vahid Grami, MD, Jay S. Grider, DO, PhD, Sanjeeva Gupta, MD, Sachin Sunny Jha, MD, MS, Dharam P Mann, MD, Devi E Nampiaparampil, MD, Manohar Lal Sharma, MD, Lindsay` N. Shroyer, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, Amol Soin, MD, Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD, Bradley W. Wargo, DO, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  5 MiDAS ENCORE: Randomized Controlled Study Design and Protocol
Trial Protocol
Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, and Peter S. Staats, MD.
  6 Anatomical Flow Pattern of Contrast in Lumbar Epidural Space: A Human Study with a Midline vs. Parasagittal Interlaminar Approach under Fluoroscopy
Randomized Trial
Masoud Hashemi, MD, Morteza Kazempour Mofrad, MD, Seyed Amir Mohajerani, MD, PhD, S. Morteza Kazemi, MD, Badiozaman Radpey, MD, and Alireza Zali, MD.
  7 Whitacre Needle Reduces the Incidence of Intravascular Uptake in Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
Randomized Trial
JiHee Hong, MD, PhD, Sungwon Jung, MD, PhD, and Hyuckwon Chang, MD, PhD.
  8 Palpation Versus Ultrasound-Guided Acromioclavicular Joint Intra-articular Corticosteroid Injections: A Retrospective Comparative Clinical Study
Retrospective Study
Ki Deok Park, MD, PhD, Tai Kon Kim, MD, Jihae Lee, MD, Woo Yong Lee, MD, Jae Ki Ahn, MD, and Yongbum Park, MD.
  9 Rationale for Prospective Assays of Intrathecal Mixtures Including Morphine, Ropivacaine and Ziconotide: Prevention of Adverse Events and Feasibility in Clinical Practice
Prospective Study
Denis Dupoiron, MD, Catherine Devys, PharmD, Christophe Bazin, PharmD, Caroline Folliard, PharmD, Nathalie Lebrec, MD, François Bore, MD, Pierre Yves Dubois, MD, and Helene Kieffer, PharmD.
  10 Full-Endoscopic Technique Discectomy Versus Microendoscopic Discectomy for the Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation
Retrospective Review
Mao Li, MD, Huilin Yang, MD, and Qun Yang, MD.
  11 Sympathetic Block as a New Treatment for Lymphedema
Retrospective Study
Eunjoo Choi, MD, Francis Sahngun Nahm, MD, and Pyung-Bok Lee, MD, PhD.
  12 Comparison between Balloon Kyphoplasty and Short Segmental Fixation Combined with Vertebroplasty in the Treatment of Kümmell’s Disease
Retrospective Evaluation
Liang Chen, MD, Renbin Dong, MD, Yong Gu, MD, and Yu Feng, MD.
  13 Plasma Exchange Therapy in Patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Retrospective Study
Enrique Aradillas, MD, Robert J. Schwartzman, MD, John R. Grothusen, PhD, Andreas Goebel, MD, PhD, and Guillermo M Alexander, PhD.
  14 Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Cervical Vertigo
Yongchao Li, MD, and Baogan Peng, MD, PhD.
  15 Do Acute and Chronic Pain Patients Differ on Affirmation of One Aspect of Pain Acceptance? Acknowledgement that a Cure Is Unlikely
Comparative Analysis
David A. Fishbain, MD, Daniel Bruns, PsyD, Laura J. Meyer, PhD, John E. Lewis, PhD, Jinrun Gao, MS, MBA, and John M. Disorbio, EdD.
  16 Prescription Opioid Use, Harms and Interventions in Canada: A Review Update of New Developments and Findings since 2010
Narrative Review
Yoko Murphy, BA, Elliot M. Goldner, MD, and Benedikt Fischer, PhD.
  17 Tramadol, Pharmacology, Side Effects, and Serotonin Syndrome: A Review
Burton D. Beakley, MD, Adam M Kaye, PharmD, and Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD.
  18 Tanshinone IIA Attenuates Chronic Pancreatitis-Induced Pain in Rats via Downregulation of HMGB1 and TRL4 Expression in the Spinal Cord
Randomized Trial
Ye-song Wang, MD, Yuan-Yuan Li, MD, Li-hua Wang, MD, Ying Kang, MD, Jie Zhang, MD, Zi-quan Liu, MD, PhD, Kun Wang, MD, Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD, and Lei Chen, MD, PhD.
  19 Clostridium Sacroiliitis (Gas Gangrene) Following Sacroiliac Joint Injection – Case Report and Review of the Literature
Brief Commentary
Lakshmi N Kurnutala, MD, Dipti Ghatol, MD, and Aman Upadhyay, MD.