Sigma-1 Receptor Activity in Primary Sensory Neurons Is a Critical Driver of Neuropathic Pain

The Sigma-1 receptor (σ1R) is highly expressed in the primary sensory neurons (PSNs) that are the critical site of initiation and maintenance of pain following peripheral nerve injury.  

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The Comparative Effectiveness of Physical Exercise Interventions in Individuals With Chronic Non-Specific Neck Pain: Protocol for a Network Meta-Analysis

Neck pain is a global burdensome problem, with a large proportion of neck pain cases becoming chronic. Although physical exercise is a commonly prescribed treatment, the evidence on the effectiveness of isolated exercise...
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Virtual Services During the Time of COVID-19

Public and private insurers have taken steps to increase telehealth services during the public health emergency due to COVID-19. CMS is expanding its Virtual Services benefits on a temporary and emergency basis. The expanded benefit is retroactive to March 1, 2020 and allows patients to receive care at their place of residence rather than in a physician office or a hospital. The most recent expansion included payment for telephone calls with patients.

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Members’ COVID-19 Update from AAPM President Ajay Wasan, MD MSc

AAPM has been monitoring CDC guidance related to COVID-19. Today AAPM President Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc issued the following message to members.   Dear Colleagues, Since my last president's message in mid-March, the C...
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AAPM 2020 REMS Course Now Freely Accessible Online

AAPM 2020 featured a CME preconference titled Strategies for Effective Pain Management that is now available as an online course. This REMS-compliant training program was produced by Pri-Med, and the online activity is f...
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Re-opening and Revitalizing Your Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic Free Live CME Webinar May 21, 6 pm CT

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing substantial disruptions to daily life around the world and pain practitioners across the globe are affected by these disruptions while care for their patients with chronic pain. Slowly so...
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How to Manage Chronic Pain, Opioid Addiction During COVID-19

A Rutgers emergency medicine expert discusses challenges faced by chronic pain sufferers and people recovering from addiction during this period of social distancing. 

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Public Health Expert Discusses Potential Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Access to Recommended First-Line Treatments for Chronic Pain

An article published immediately before the COVID-19 pandemic found that non-pharmacological treatments were not being used by patients with chronic low back pain as often as recommended in the CDC and ACP guidelines. An...
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Guidance on Psychological Assessment and Management of Chronic Pain during the COVID-19 Crisis

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, people with pain may experience heightened pain intensity, and they may be at risk for pain-associated exacerbations in symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD, as well as family...
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COVID-19: Clinical Considerations for Using Telemedicine with Pain Patients

Practical Pain Management discusses considerations and best practices for the rapid introduction of remotely supported (eHealth) pain management services based on a paper recently published in PAIN.

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