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

Pain Physician is the official publication of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). The open access journal is published 6 times a year.

Pain Physician is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary, open access 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.


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Current issue highlights: (November 2020, Volume 23, Issue 6)

  1. Assessment of Prevalence of Cervical Facet Joint Pain with Diagnostic Cervical Medial Branch Blocks: Analysis Based on Chronic Pain Model
    Diagnostic Accuracy Study
    Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Radomir Kosanovic, MD, Kimberly A. Cash, RT, Vidyasagar Pampati, MSc, Amol Soin, MD, Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.
  2. The Treatment of Topical Drugs for Postherpetic Neuralgia: A Network Meta-Analysis
    Systematic Review
    Xi Liu, MD, Liling Wei, BS, Qiong Zeng, MD, Kun Lin, PhD, and Jia Zhang, MD.
  3. Use of Radiofrequency Ablation for the Management of Facial Pain: A Systematic Review
    Systematic Review
    Vwaire Orhurhu, MD, Faizan Khan, MD, Rodrigo C. Quispe, MD, Lisa Huang, MD, Ivan Urits, MD, Mark Jones, MD, Omar Viswanath, MD, Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD, and Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD.
  4. The Effect of Percutaneous Nucleoplasty vs Anterior Discectomy in Patients with Cervical Radicular Pain due to a Single-Level Contained Soft-Disc Herniation: A Randomized Controlled Trial
    Randomized Controlled Trial
    Judith de Rooij, MSc, Biswadjiet Harhangi, MD, PhD, Hans Aukes, MD, George Groeneweg, PhD, Dirk Stronks, PhD, and Frank Huygen, MD, PhD.
  5. Effect of Repeated Paravertebral Injections with Local Anesthetics and Steroids on Prevention of Post-herpetic Neuralgia
    Randomized Trial
    Mohamed Younis Makharita, MD, and Yasser M. Amr, MD.
  6. The Effect of Different Posture on Normal Saline Injection in Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter in Thoracic Epidural Anesthesia
    Randomized Trial
    JiHoon Park, MD, JiHee Hong, MD, PhD, Jiseob Kim, MD, and SeungWon Yi, MD.
  7. A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Ultrasound-Guided Versus Landmark-Guided Suprascapular Nerve Block in Chronic Shoulder Pain: A Prospective Randomized Study
    Randomized Controlled Trial
    Gonca Saglam, MD, and Dilek Çetinkaya Alisar, MD.
  8. The Influence of Bupivacaine Temperature on Supraclavicular Plexus Block Characteristics: A Randomized, Controlled Trial
    Randomized Controlled Trial
    Mohamed Younis Makharita, MD, Shimaa Abd El-Satar Shalaby, MS, Hosam I. El Said Saber, MD, and Hanaa M. El Bendary, MD.
  9. Chronic Pregabalin Treatment Ameliorates Pain, but not Depressive-Like Behaviors, in a Reserpine-Induced Myalgia Model in Rats
    Randomized Animal Study
    Eva M. Gonzalez-Soler, PhD, Arantxa Blasco-Serra, PhD, Gloria M. Alfosea-Cuadrado, PhD student, Marta Igual-Lopez, PhD student, Jorge Orduna-Valls, MD, Carlos Tornero-Tornero, PhD, and Alfonso A. Valverde-Navarro, PhD.
  10. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain Syndromes: A Review of Considerations in Practice Management
    Narrative Review
    Jay Karri, MD, Mihir Joshi, MD, George Polson, MD, Tuan Tang, MD, Maxwell Lee, MD, Vwaire Orhurhu, MD, Timothy Deer, MD, and Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD.