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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: (May 2015, Volume 18, Issue 3)

  1 Analysis of the Carrot and Stick Policy of Repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Health Policy Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Peter S. Staats, MD, Mark V Boswell, MD, PhD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  2 A Case for Restraint of Explosive Growth of Health Information Technology: First, Do No Harm
Health Policy Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  3 Economic Analysis of Kiva VCF Treatment System Compared to Balloon Kyphoplasty Using Randomized Kiva Safety and Effectiveness Trial (KAST) Data
Economic Analysis
Douglas P. Beall, MD, Wayne J. Olan, MD, Priyanka Kakad, PhD, Qianyi Li, MS, and John Hornberger, MD.
  4 Reducing Opioid Analgesic Deaths in America: What Health Providers Can Do
Comprehensive Review
Taghogho Agarin, MD, Andrea M. Trescot, MD, Aniefiok Agarin, MD, Doreena Lesanics, PhD, and Claricio Decastro, MD.
  5 Opioid Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions in Germany
Andreas Werber, MD, Ursula Marschall, MD, Helmut Lhoest, MD, Winfried Hauser, MD, Babak Moradi, MD, and Marcus Schiltenwolf, MD.
  6 Comparison of Percutaneous Vertebroplasty and Balloon Kyphoplasty for the Treatment of Single Level Vertebral Compression Fractures: A Meta-analysis of the Literature
Systematic Review
Hua Wang, MD, Shilabant Sen Sribastav, MD, Fubiao Ye, MD, PhD, Cangsheng Yang, MD, PhD, Jianru Wang, MD, PhD, Hui Liu, MD, PhD, and Zhaomin Zheng, MD, PhD.
  7 Lack of Evidence for Central Sensitization in Idiopathic, Non-Traumatic Neck Pain: A Systematic Review
Systematic Review
Annaleen Malfliet, MSc, PT, Jeroen Kregel, MSc, Barbara Cagnie, PhD, Mandy Kuipers, BSc, Mieke Dolphens, PhD, Nathalie Roussel, PhD, Mira Meeus, PhD, Lieven Danneels, PhD, Wichor M Bramer, BSc, and Jo Nijs, PhD.
  8 Effectiveness of Parasagittal Interlaminar Epidural Local Anesthetic with or without Steroid in Chronic Lumbosacral Pain: A Randomized, Double-Blind Clinical Trial
Randomized Trial
Babita Ghai, MD, Kushal Kumar, MD, Dipika Bansal, MD, Saravdeep S Dhatt, MS, Raju Kanukula, MPharma, and Yatindra K Batra, MD.
  9 A New Transmucous-Buccal Formulation of Acetaminophen for Acute Traumatic Pain: A Non-inferiority, Randomized, Double-Blind, Clinical Trial
Randomized Trial
Gisele Pickering, MD, PhD, DPharm, Fares Moustafa, MD, Nicolas Macian, MSc, Jeannot Schmidt, MD, PhD, Bruno Pereira, PhD, and Claude Dubray, MD, PhD.
  10 Do the Gaps in the Ligamentum Flavum in the Cervical Spine Translate into Dural Punctures? An Analysis of 4,396 Fluoroscopic Interlaminar Epidural Injections
Observational Study
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Yogesh Malla, MD, Kimberly A. Cash, RT, and Vidyasagar Pampati, MSc.
  11 Intravenous Parecoxib and Continuous Femoral Block for Postoperative Analgesia after Total Knee Arthroplasty. A Randomized, Double-Blind, Prospective Trial
Randomized Trial
Despoina G Sarridou, MD, Georgia Chalmouki, MD, Maria Braoudaki, PhD, Anna Koutsoupaki, MD, Argiro Mela, MD, PhD, and Athina Vadalouka, MD, PhD.
  12 Immediate and Acute Adverse Effects Following Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections with Dexamethasone
Prospective Study
Omar El Abd, MD, Joao ED Amadera, MD, PhD, Daniel C Pimentel, MD, and Lorraine Gomba, MD.
  13 Treatment Outcomes after Combination Interventional and Cognitive Motivational Counseling on Analgesic Medication Use in Patients with Chronic Spine Pain
Retrospective Case Series
John Jerome, PhD, Ryan Topham, MD, Anna Dematatis, PhD, and Josh Corteville, BS.
  14 Referred Pain Patterns of the Third and Fourth Dorsal Interosseous Muscles
Prospective Evaluation
Tae Woong Choi, MD, Hyeun Jun Park, MD, Ah Ry Lee, MD, and Yoon Kyoo Kang, MD, PhD.
  15 Low Back Pain: Guidelines for the Clinical Classification of Predominant Neuropathic, Nociceptive, or Central Sensitization Pain
Comprehensive Review
Jo Nijs, PhD, Adri Apeldoorn, PhD, Hank Hallegraeff, PhD, Jacqui Clark, MSc, PT, Rob Smeets, MD, PhD, Annaleen Malfliet, MSc, PT, Enrique L. Girbes, MSc, PT, Margot De Kooning, MSc, and Kelly Ickmans, PhD.