Cutaneous Nerve Fields of the Anteromedial Lower Limb-Determination With Selective Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blockade

This study aimed to determine the peripheral cutaneous nerve fields (CNF), their variability, and potential overlap by selectively blocking the intermediate (IFCN) and medial (MFCN) femoral cutaneous nerves and the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve (IPBSN) in healthy volunteers.

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Virtual Reality for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain

Chronic low back pain is highly prevalent in US adults and is a major cause of missed work days and disability. While several treatment options exist, chronic opioids are commonly used for these conditions even though there are limited data supporting efficacy, and clear evidence of harm associated with chronic opioid administration. 

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Linking Sense of Touch to Facial Movement Inches Robots Toward ‘Feeling’ Pain

An artificial "pain nervous system," may be a small building block for a machine that could ultimately experience pain (in a robotic sort of way). 

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AAPM Member Referral Prize Winners

Thank you to all AAPM members who have taken advantage of the new Refer a Colleague tool. Congratulations to Michael Kroll, MD , whose name was drawn to receive a $100 Amazon gift card for the referral he made in January...
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University of Iowa Professor’s Opioid Research Evaluates Link Between Opioid Use and Chronic Pain

AAPM member and University of Iowa researcher, Barbara St. Marie PhD, RN , recently conducted NIDA-funded research on opioid misuse and substance abuse disorders to help clinicians treat patients for chronic pain. St. Ma...
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High-Tech Printing May Help Eliminate Painful Shots

Painful hypodermic needles may not be needed in the future to give shots, inject drugs, and get blood samples. With 4D printing, Rutgers engineers have created tiny needles that mimic parasites that attach to skin and co...
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Tactile Pain Is Amplified and Pleasure Dulled for Migraine Patients

A new study has investigated sensual alterations in people living with migraine. The paper highlighted that tactile stimuli may feel more painful for migraineurs, while pleasurable sensations are dulled. 

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More than 70 Industry Partners to Exhibit at AAPM 2020 Next Week

Preview a list of companies that will be exhibiting at the AAPM Annual Meeting February 27-March 1 in National Harbor. Learn about your therapeutic options for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. 

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Upcoming RUC Survey

In the next few weeks we will be contacting a random selection of members to participate in an important AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) survey of physician work for codes 64633-64636 which describe destruction of facet joints. The Medicare payment schedule is based on physician work, practice expense and professional liability insurance. Our specialty needs your help to assure relative values will be accurately and fairly presented to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  

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U.S. Surgeon General to Deliver AAPM 2020 Keynote

The American Academy of Pain Medicine Program Committee is excited to announce that U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD MPH , will deliver a keynote address about the importance of pain management in co...
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