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Direct Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A 30-Year Review

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is a difficult to treat condition characterized by debilitating pain and limitations in functional ability. Neuromodulation, in the form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS), have been traditionally used as a treatment for CRPS with variable success. Read more

Epidural Steroid Injections for the Management of Spinal Malignancy‐Related Pain: A Pragmatic Review and Retrospective Study

Spinal malignancy‐related pain results from tumor, fracture, instability, inflammation, and/or nerve root/spinal cord compression. Systemic corticosteroids are commonly used but have many undesirable adverse effects that impact quality of life and continuation of cancer treatments. Epidural steroid injections (ESI) may be a viable alternative pain treatment. Read more.

Multisociety Pain Group Comments on Proposed Radiation Regulations in Colorado

AAPM participates in the Multisociety Pain Workgroup (MPW), a coalition of medical specialty societies, comprising physicians dedicated to pain management. This group convened to review and comment on the Colorado Board of Health’s Department of Public Health and Environment proposed regulations that would expand opportunities for advanced practice providers to perform procedures under fluoroscopic guidance. The MPW responded with a Position Statement on Prerequisite Training for the Performance of Spine Interventions as well as the American Medical Association’s Pain Management Practice Parameter (H-410.950) Invasive Pain Management Procedures for the Treatment of Chronic Pain, Including Procedures Using Fluoroscopy.  

The Role of Disc Nutrition in the Eitiology and Clinical Treatment of Disc Degeneration

Brief Summary:The purpose of this research study is to examine the effects of physical therapy on the spinal discs. Back pain is the number one cause of disability in the US, and the spine is the most common location of chronic pain in Veterans. Physical therapy is often very effective at improving patients’ back pain, but it does not work for everyone, and it is not understood how physical therapy alters the tissues within the spine. With this research the investigators hope to learn if the investigative team can measure changes to the spinal discs on MRI scans that might predict if a patient’s back pain will improve with physical therapy or not.

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