Consensus Panel Report Addresses Challenges of Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

February 15, 2019, CHICAGO – A new report issued by a multidisciplinary consensus panel convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation discusses the challenges clinicians have experienced since the 2016 rel...
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AAPM Members Appointed to New Pain Management Task Force

Four AAPM members join U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) task force May 8, 2018, CHICAGO – Among the 28 members appointed to the HHS new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, four membe...
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Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Leads to More Non-Opioid Pain Treatment and Higher Access to Naloxone

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – Researchers have determined that an opioid overdose prevention program established in a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation (CIR) unit with an interdisciplinary approach can le...
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Top-Ranked Study Suggests Pain Rehabilitation Programs Offering Behavioral Treatment Decrease Overall Healthcare Use Among Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada —A new study suggests that for patients with chronic non-cancer pain, pain rehabilitation programs (PRPs) decrease their healthcare usage and encourage access to behavioral treatmen...
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Medicare Data Registry Analysis in IL Reveals Access Barriers, Increased Costs to Patients Seeking Non-Opioid Pain Medications

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – Several Chicago-based physicians treating pain patients recently performed research in hopes of discerning whether a phenomena that they observed clinically – that it was seemingl...
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Pilot Studies Shows Lidocaine May Reduce Persistent Neuropathic Pain Following Breast Cancer Surgery

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – Persistent neuropathic pain is a common complication in patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery. Approximately 300,000 mastectomies are performed in the U.S. each year, ...
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Individualized Approach to Opioid Tapering Shows Success in Chronic Pain Patients Using Long-Term Opioids

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – As healthcare providers continue to respond to the ongoing opioid overdose crisis, addressing patient risk associated with moderate to very high dose prescription opioids has beco...
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Mental Health Services in Pain Clinics Provide Significant Clinical Benefits to Patients with Chronic Pain

April 26, 2018, VANCOUVER, B.C, Canada – Mental health embedded into a multidisciplinary pain treatment approach can improve chronic pain, function, mood, and sleep according to a recent study conducted at the University...
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AAPM 34th Annual Meeting to Offer Premier Pain Medicine Education

The 34th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) will take place April 25-29, 2018, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The AAPM 34th Annual Meeting will offer attendees mo...
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AMA House of Delegates Adopts AAPM Resolution on Future of Pain Care

  Action planned to discuss and organize medicine's response to the public health crisis of pain   (and opioid addiction) CHICAGO—A Future of Pain Care resolution, introduced by the American Academy of Pain&nbs...
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Intensive Outpatient Pain Management Shown as Cost-Effective Method for Treating High Utilizer Chronic Pain Patients

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – High utilizers of medical services account for disproportionate healthcare costs, with up to 21% of expenditures spent treating the top 1% of patients (Jiang et al, Characteristi...
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Stem Cell Transplantation Produces Remarkable Therapeutic Effects on Neuropathic Pain in Animal Models

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Chronic pain from nerve injury is common and often debilitating. Current treatment options for neuropathic pain include physical, cognitive, behavioral, pharmacological, interven...
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Simulation and Immersive Learning Shown to Successfully Teach Safe Opioid Prescribing in a Medical School Setting

  March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Negative consequences from opioid prescribing stem in part  from a lack of education and skills training in all levels of medical education. A 2011 study that  assessed U....
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Novel Naloxone Device Offers Hope to Community Organizations Grappling with Drug Overdose Epidemic

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Deaths from drug overdose have increased sharply in the past decade, an unfortunate trend that is associated with overdoes of prescription opioid pain relievers more than triplin...
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Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program Shown as Successful Method for Treating Older Adults with Chronic Pain

  March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Up to half of older adults (aged 60 years or more) report  experiencing chronic pain. A study presented today at the American Academy of Pain  Medicine's 33rd Annual Meeti...
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American Academy of Pain Medicine Endorses First Comprehensive National Pain Strategy

March 28, 2016, CHICAGO, Ill – The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain  Medicine (AAPM) enthusiastically endorses the National Pain Strategy (NPS) issued earlier this  month by the US Department ...
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CHOIR Results Demonstrate Shortest Path Between Primary Care and Pain Medicine for the Most Complex Patients

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –- The care of complex patients with pain exhibits a closer connection between primary care and the specialty of pain medicine than that seen with less complex patients, Stanford ...
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Intradiscal Biacuplasty Sustains Long-term Superiority Over Conservative Treatment for Discogenic Low-Back Pain

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Patients treated with intradiscal biacuplasty (IDB) for discogenic back pain maintained benefits a year later, and those who crossed over to IDB treatment mid-study reported similar ...
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More Evidence of the Power of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplant to Block Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia and Tolerance

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Cleveland Clinic researchers have found new evidence that modulating neuroinflammation with stem cell transplants may prove to be an effective strategy to treat both opioid tolerance...
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Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block is Found Fast, Effective and Safe for Postdural Puncture Headache in Obstetric Patients

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – New research suggests that sphenopalatine ganglion block (SPGB) relieves disabling headache from dural puncture faster than the usual care of epidural blood patch (EBP) and lacks the...
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Stanford Researchers Tout Successful CHOIR Rollout as Example of Private-Public Partnership That Works

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –- In an example of a successful private-public partnership, the creators of a technologically advanced national registry to collect data on the experience of pain sufferers and their&...
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Study Shows Epidural Steroid Injections Associated With Lower Outpatient Costs in Low-Back Pain

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) may help lower health care spending in patients with low-back pain, with most of the savings coming in outpatient care, new research suggests. Pati...
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Study Suggests Multimodal Pain Care Leads to Shorter Hospital Stays, Lower Opioid Doses After Surgery

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –- Pain care for patients already taking opioids can be improved by bringing together multiple non-opioid treatment modalities during hospitalization, a prospective pilot study showed....
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Two Routes of Administration Outperform Systemic Steroid Alone, Extend Pain Control of Intercostal Nerve Blocks: Controlled Trial

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Researchers interested in prolonging the effect of an intercostal nerve block (INB) to ease post operative pain were able to do so through administering dexamethasone by two sep...
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Bleeding Complications Rare in Interventional Pain Procedures, Retrospective Study Shows

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Recent findings support the safety of common interventional pain procedures, even in the presence of aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Mayo Clinic resear...
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Four Pain Fellowship Programs Receive Fellowship Excellence Awards from the American Academy of Pain Medicine at its 32nd Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, CA—The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Awards. The awards recognize Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs that...
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Top Pain Physicians, Researchers Are Honored with AAPM 2016 Awards and Presidential Commendations

February 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is pleased to announce its Pain Medicine 2016 Awards and Presidential Commendations for exceptional service to the Academy and/...
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Pain Physicians from AAPM Welcome Primary Care to “Big Tent”

The critical role of primary care physicians and clinicians in pain prevention and treatment will be apparent throughout many of the educational sessions at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's (AAPM's) Annual Meeting...
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