Healthy People 2030 Sets Data-Driven National Objectives to Improve Health and Well-Being Over the Next Decade

About 1 in 12 adults in the United States have high-impact chronic pain. Healthy People 2030 focuses on helping people with high-impact chronic pain safely manage their pain and reduce its impact. View chronic pain objec...
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Medical Mindfulness: Virtual Reality Mindfulness Therapy for Anxiety and Pain Management in Patients With Acute and Chronic Pain

Adults and children undergoing medical care (inpatient or outpatient) often experience pain and anxiety either as a result of their medical condition or a side effect of medical procedures. The purpose of this study is t...
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Impaired Alcohol-Induced Dopamine Release in the Nucleus Accumbens in an Inflammatory Pain Model: Behavioral Implications in Male Rats

Recent studies have drawn the attention to the link between alcohol use disorder and the presence of pain. Indeed, the correct management of pain in patients with a previous history of alcohol use disorder has been repor...
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A Pain Reliever that Alters Perceptions of Risk

A new study in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience found that people who took acetaminophen rated activities like "bungee jumping off a tall bridge" and "speaking your mind about an unpopular issue in...
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What Is Pain? For the First Time in 40 years, IASP Revises Pain's Definition

AAPM member Beth Darnall, PhD , comments in this MedPage Today article that "the challenge to redefining pain was to be highly inclusive, not just of stakeholder perspectives, but also inclusive of results for pain scien...
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How Should Medical Education Better Prepare Physicians for Opioid Prescribing?

Opioid overprescribing is a key contributor to the current crisis. Changing how ethics is taught in connection with opioid prescribing is one area for improvement. In US medical schools, current training in ethics and op...
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Spinal Stimulators for Pain Relief Repurposed to Restore Touch in a Lost Limb

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh's Rehab Neural Engineering Labs finds spinal cord stimulators commonly used to relieve chronic pain could provide a straightforward and universal method for adding sensory fe...
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What Does Good Pharmacist-Physician Pain Management Collaboration Look Like?

Physicians and pharmacists have critical roles in addressing the current opioid epidemic and ensuring appropriate care for patients with pain. Both physicians and pharmacists have responsibilities to ensure that opioids ...
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Minimizing Distress During Deprescribing: Tools for Optimizing Outcomes Now Available On Demand

Watch this previously recorded free 60-minute CME webinar presented by Jennifer Murphy, PhD, and Jeannie Sperry, PhD LP ABPP. The session addresses whole-person treatment approaches that clinicians can incorporate into t...
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Guidelines for Managing Chronic Cancer Pain: More Similar Than Not

AAPM member, Kenneth Candido, MD, comments on a comparative analysis published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network focusing on bridging the gap among clinical practice guidelines for pain manageme...
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Cannabis Shows Potential for Mitigating Sickle Cell Disease Pain

Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial. The findings appear in JAMA Network Open . Full sto...
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Brain-Training Protocol Aims to Reduce Phantom Limb Pain

A new study from Osaka University used brain training to try and reduce the impact of these painful sensations. Full story . 

Effect of Pain on Functioning in Serious Mental Illness

 AAPM President-Elect W. Michael Hooten, MD , provides perspective on a new study suggesting that patients with serious mental illness should undergo regular screening for the presence of pain in Psychiatry Advisor ...
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New PET/MRI Approach Pinpoints Chronic Pain Location, Alters Management

A new molecular imaging approach utilizing 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can precisely identify the location of pain generators in chronic pain sufferers, often precipita...
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Prevalence of Prescription Pain Medication Use Among Adults: United States, 2015–2018

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NCHS Data Brief No. 369, June 2020. Full story . 
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Artificial Intelligence to Improve Back Pain Outcomes and Lessons Learned from Clinical Classification Approaches: Three Systematic Reviews

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) could enhance the ability to detect patterns of clinical characteristics in low-back pain (LBP) and guide treatment. Full story . 

LSU Health New Orleans Discovers New Class of Safer Analgesics

Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues have discovered a new class of pipeline drugs to relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction or damage to the liver...
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Placebo Effect ‘Could Treat Pain’

Placebo pain-relief is reproducible in patients with chronic pain compared to healthy volunteers according to a unique University of Manchester study. In a research first, patients with high levels of psychological distr...
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Significantly Less Addictive Opioid May Slow Progression of Osteoarthritis While Easing Pain

A novel preclinical study by Keck Medicine of USC researchers, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology , reveals that a potential new opioid medication may have the ability to slow the progression of osteoarthritis whi...
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Next-Gen Spinal Cord Stimulators Offer Physical and Emotional Benefits for Pain Patients

 AAPM members Timothy Deer, MD and Corey Hunter, MD both comment in the Practical Pain Management article about burst spinal cord stimulation. Full story .

New Therapy Reduces Chronic Low Back Pain in Large International Study

AAPM member John Markman, MD is the lead author of a new study that has found tanezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits nerve activity, provides relief in patients with chronic low back pain, one of the leading reas...
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1 in 10 Americans Uses a Prescription Painkiller

AAPM President Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc contributed to this WebMD article that discusses a new CDC report . "This survey and other research is showing that pain management is becoming safer," said Dr. Wasan. "It is becoming...
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AAPM Responds to CDC Call for Comments on Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

Comments submitted by the American Academy of Pain Medicine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Docket No. CDC-2020-0029 on June 15, 2020. View full comments including references. The American Academy of Pa...
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Utilization of Botulinum Toxin for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injuries is challenging with multiple intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing athletes, conditions, and length of recovery. Multidisciplinary treatment strategies aim to address pa...
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Participate in an AAPM eLearning Preferences Survey

The Academy is exploring ways to enhance its online educational offerings and wants to know what you think. You should have received an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. inviting you to complete a 10-minute survey a...
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Clinical Study on a Novel Minimally Invasive Posterior Sacroiliac Fusion Device

The PainTEQ study is a prospective, multi-site, prospective, single arm study intended to collect clinical data outcomes data associated with the treatment of sacroiliac disease with the LinQ fusion procedure. Data will ...
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Minimally-Invasive Treatment for 'Frozen Shoulder' Improves Patients' Pain and Function

Pinhole incision enables blocking of blood supply to an inflamed joint, providing long-term relief. Full story .
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Enhancing Patient Experience of Pain and Sleep Through Non-Pharmacological Strategies

Comfort can be a physical sensation, a psychological state, or both simultaneously (Pearson, 2009). Patient comfort in an inpatient setting is a subjective state that varies from each individual based on different factor...
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Delta Opioid Receptor Identified as Promising Therapeutic Target for Inflammatory Pain Relief

  Delta opioid receptors have a built-in mechanism for pain relief and can be precisely targeted with drug-delivering nanoparticles—making them a promising target for treating chronic inflammatory pain with fewer si...
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New Injection Techniques for Treating Chronic Foot Pain

  AAPM member Steven Richeimer, MD discusses new research that focused on the various injection techniques that are used for addressing chronic pain and how effective they are in alleviating chronic foot pain. Full ...
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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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NIH Convenes Virtual Consortium on Advances in Pain Research

On June 3, the NIH Pain Consortium will convene the 15th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research as an all-virtual WebEx event. The symposium, " Technologies for Improved Understanding and Manag...
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Managing Pain and Related Symptoms During Coronavirus

Practical Pain Management editorial advisory board members share their tips for getting pain patients through the pandemic. 

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AAAHC Publishes New Resource for Pain Management

The Pain Management Toolkit provides organizations with current information and tools to educate staff, achieve consistent, standardized processes, and consider key issues that may help in making decisions about managing...
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Can Pain Management be Safely Optimized in Older Adults?

Managing chronic pain is a challenging task. Older adults (OAs) (>65 years) are the fastest growing segment of our population, and are substantially affected by chronic pain of various etiologies. Read the abstract .&...
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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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Reforming Pain Management Education for the Next Generation of Physicians

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine's Family Medicine Center created a peer-reviewed, structured curriculum that focuses on improving patient outcomes. 

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AAPM Early Investigator Research Grant Letters of Intent Due January 20

The AAPM Research Committee is seeking applications for preliminary or pilot research projects relevant to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain management. Letters of intent are due Janua...
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New Pain Research Funding Opportunity for Early Investigators

The AAPM Research Committee is now seeking applications for preliminary or pilot research projects relevant to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain management. Small grant(s) will be awar...
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Questions to Ask a Pain Management Doctor

AAPM President Tim J. Lamer, MD , is interviewed in this U.S. News & World Report , about the importance of taking time to research the types of pain management doctors and the treatments they provide their patients....
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WHO Revision of Pain Management Guidelines: A Call for Experts

The World Health Organization (WHO) announces the revision process for two recently discontinued documents: "Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances: Guidance for availability and accessibility of controlled medicines" (2011) and "WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses" (2012). A Call for Experts was issued as part of identifying potential members of the guideline development groups.

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Interdisciplinary Pain Management Approach May Reduce Opioid and Benzodiazepine Use in Chronic Pain Patients

A four-week interdisciplinary pain management program for worker's compensation patients with chronic pain significantly reduced their opioid and benzodiazepine use, according to a new study.

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