Editor-in-Chief: Alan David Kaye, MD, PhD
Managing Editor: Fellows Bert, MA

Pain Physician is the official publication of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). The journal is published 8 times a year beginning in 2016.

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.


Current issue highlights: (November 2017, Volume 20, Issue 7)

  1. Reversal of Growth of Utilization of Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain in Medicare Population Post Affordable Care Act
    Health Policy Review
    Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Amol Soin, MD, Dharam P Mann, MD, Sanjay Bakshi, MD, Vidyasagar Pampati, MSc, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  2. Optimization of Postoperative Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia with Opioid-Dexmedetomidine Combinations: An Updated Meta-Analysis with Trial Sequential Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
    Systematic Review
    Ke Peng, MD, Juan Zhang, MD, Xiao-wen Meng, PhD, Hua-yue Liu, MD, and Fu-hai Ji, MD.
  3. Music-Induced Analgesia in Chronic Pain Conditions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Systematic Review
    Eduardo A. Garza-Villereal, MD, Victor Pando, MD, Peter Vuust, PhD, and Christine Parsons, PhD.
  4. Mapping the Association between Vitamin D and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies
    Systematic Review
    Joshua Zadro, BAppSc, Debra Shirley, PhD, Manuela Ferreira, PhD, Ana Paula Carvalho-Silva, MSc, Sarah E. Lamb, PhD, Cyrus Cooper, PhD, and Paulo H. Ferreira, PhD.
  5. Efficacy of Magnesium Sulfate Added to Local Anesthetic in a Transversus Abdominis Plane Block for Analgesia Following Total Abdominal Hysterectomy: A Randomized Trial
    Randomized Trial
    Kelany A. Abd-Elsalam, MD, Khaled M. Fares, MD, Montaser A. Mohamed, MD, Mohamed F Mohamed, MD, Ahmad M Abd El-Rahman, MD, and Moaaz M. Tohamy, MSc.
  6. The Efficacy of Preoperative Gabapentin in Spinal Surgery: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
    Randomized Trial
    Chao Han, MD, Ming-jie Kuang, MD, Jian-xiong Ma, PhD, and Xin-long Ma, MD.
  7. Endoscopic Epidural Laser Decompression Versus Transforaminal Epiduroscopic Laser Annuloplasty for Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Prospective, Randomized Trial
    Randomized Trial
    Chang Hong Park, MD, PhD, and Sang Ho Lee, MD, PhD.
  8. Dexamethasone and Dexmedetomidine as an Adjuvant to Intraarticular Bupivacaine for Postoperative Pain Relief in Knee Arthroscopic Surgery: A Randomized Trial
    Randomized Trial
    Seham M. Moeen, MD, Islam K. Ramadan, MD, and Hesham A. Elkady, MD.
  9. Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenocortical Axis Suppression following a Single Epidural Injection of Methylprednisolone Acetate
    Prospective Study
    Aleem Jameel Abdul, MD, Babita Ghai, MD, DNB, Dipika Bansal, MD, DM, Naresh Sachdeva, MSc, PhD, Anil Bhansali, MD, and Saravdeep Singh Dhatt, MS.
  10. Current Impact and Application of Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations in Clinical Practice
    Literature Review
    Ya-Han Lee, MS, Daniel L. Brown, PharmD, and Hsiang-Yin Chen, MS, PharmD.
  11. Decreased Regional Grey Matter Volume in Women with Chronic Whiplash-Associated Disorders: Relationships with Cognitive Deficits and Disturbed Pain Processing
    Cross-Sectional Study
    Iris Coppieters, PhD, Robby De Pauw, MSc, Karen Caeyenberghs, PhD, Lieven Danneels, PhD, Jeroen Kregel, PhD, Astrid Pattyn, MSc, Mira Meeus, PhD, and Barbara Cagnie, PhD.
  12. The Hopeless Case? Palliative Cryoablation and Cementoplasty Procedures for Palliation of Large Pelvic Bone Metastases
    Retrospective Study
    Tyler M. Coupal, MD, Kevin Pennycooke, MD, Paul I. Mallinson, MBChB, FRCR, Hugue A. Ouellette, MD, Paul W. Clarkson, MD, Pippa Hawley, BMed, FRCPC, and Peter L. Munk, MDCM, FRCPC, FSIR.
  13. Sacroplasty: A Ten-Year Analysis of Prospective Patients Treated with Percutaneous Sacroplasty: Literature Review and Technical Considerations
    Prospective Study
    Michael E. Frey, MD, Christopher Warner, MD, Samuel M. Thomas, BS, Karan Johar, MD, Heathpaul Singh, BS, Maheen S. Mohammad, BS, and Douglas P. Beall, MD.
  14. Loss of Efficacy to Spinal Cord Stimulator Therapy: Clinical Evidence and Possible Causes
    Retrospective Study
    Christopher M. Aiudi, PharmD, Roger Y. Dunn, BS, MBA, Sara M. Burns, MS, Sarah A. Roth, BS, Arissa Opalacz, BA, Yi Zhang, MD, PhD, Lucy Chen, MD, Jianren Mao, MD, PhD, and Shihab U. Ahmed, MBBS, MPH.
  15. Analysis of Reporting Bias in Vertebral Augmentation
    Perspective Analysis
    Douglas P. Beall, MD, Sean M. Tutton, MD, Kieran Murphy, MD, Wayne Olan, MD, Christopher Warner, MD, and Jack B. Test, BS.