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: (December 2021, Volume 24, Issue 8)

  1. Association of Cigarette Smoking with Risk of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Meta-Analysis
    Meta-Analysis
    Yan Dai, MD, Jiachen Huang, MD, Qinghui Hu, MD, Lili Huang, MD, Jie Wu, PhD, and Jun Hu, MD, PhD.
  2. Religious Beliefs and Attitudes in Relation to Pain, Pain-Related Beliefs, Function, and Coping in Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Systematic Review
    Systematic Review
    Charbel Najem, DPT, Naziru Bashir Mukhtar, MSc, Farah Ayoubi, PhD, Jessica van Oosterwijck, PhD, Barbara Cagnie, PhD, Kayleigh De Meulemeester, PhD, and Mira Meeus, PhD.
  3. Pericranial Total Tenderness Score in Patients with Tension-type Headache and Migraine. A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
    Systematic Review
    Rene Castien, PhD, Marc Duineveld, MSc, Jolanda Maaskant, PhD, Willem De Hertogh, PhD, and Gwendolyne Scholten-Peeters, PhD.
  4. Hemidiaphragmatic Paresis Following Interscalene Brachial Plexus Block With 2-Point Injection Technique
    Randomized Controlled Study
    Ki Seok Kim, MD, PhD, Jnug Hwan Ahn, MD, Ju Hyun Yoon, MD, Ho Tae Ji, MD, and Il Seok Kim, MD, PhD.
  5. Dexamethasone Effectively Reduces the Incidence of Post-neurotomy Neuropathic Pain: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
    Randomized Trial
    Alexander Shustorovich, DO, Tariq AlFarra, DO, Aaron T. Arel, DO, Jaspal R. Singh, MD, Ryan T. Roemmich, PhD, and Akhil Chhatre, MD.
  6. Quadratus Lumborum Block Spares Postoperative Opioid Usage but Does Not appear to Prevent the Development of Chronic Pain After Gastrointestinal Surgery
    Randomized Controlled Trial
    Qing-Ren Liu, MD, Jue Xie, MD, Yu-Chen Dai, MD, Mu-Huo Ji, MD, Cheng-Mao Zhou, MD, Han-Wen Gu, MD, Hui-Jie Shang, MD, Xing-Bing Sun, MD, and Jian-Jun Yang, MD, PhD.
  7. The Use of Combination Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in Postoperative Pain after Total Knee Arthroplasty, a Randomized Controlled Trial
    Randomized Controlled Trial
    Andri Marulitua Lubis, MD, PhD, Samuel Maruanaya, MD, Aida Rosita Tantri, MD, PhD, Ludwig Andribert Powantia Pontoh, MD, PhD, and Nadia Nastassia Primananda Putri Shah Ifran, MD.
  8. Pulsed Radiofrequency in Interventional Pain Management: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Action – An Update and Review
    Narrative Review
    Jordan Sam, MHSc, Michael Catapano, MD, Sachin Sahni, MD, Frederick Ma, MD, Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, and Ognjen Visnjevac, MD.
  9. Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks in the Head and Neck for Chronic Pain Management: The Anatomy, Sonoanatomy, and Procedure
    Narrative Review
    Jinpu Li, MD, and Alexandra Szabova, MD.
  10. Combination Intrathecal Drug Therapy Strategies for Pain Management
    Narrative Review
    Jay Karri, MD, Mani Singh, MD, Devas J. Modi, MD, Vwaire Orhurhu, MD, Caleb Seale, MD, Michael Saulino, MD, Anuj Marathe, BBA, Darrell Vydra, MD, Jonathan M. Hagedorn, MD, Brian Bruel, MD, and Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD.