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Association Between Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation and Lumbar Multifidus Dysfunction Is Not Clear

One approach to treating chronic low back pain is something called lumbar medial branch nerve radiofrequency ablation/neurotomy (LRFA), which targets painful facet joints. However, it has been suggested that LRFA may lead to multifidus muscle...
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Study Shows Preoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Is Critical in Identifying Spinal Cord Stimulation Patients

Physicians from Pittsburgh, PA, wanted to determine the usefulness of MRI in determining treatment plans. MRI is expensive and requires insurance preauthorization. One hypothesis was that patients with specific characteristics might have a greater...
3-Nov-2023 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Utilize TriNetX Research Network to Analyze Postoperative Data and Better Describe Lines of Treatment

It is no secret that the mainstay of postoperative analgesia is opioid based, but studies confirm that the execution of a multimodal postoperative analgesic approach to postoperative pain control can help minimize opiate side effects.
3-Nov-2023 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Study Suggests Patients in Chronic Pain Who Fear Physical Activity and Have Pain Catastrophizing Behavior Are Less Likely to Respond to Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) to treat chronic low back pain continues to rise. Optimal patient selection remains one of the most important factors for SCS success. Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center believe they’ve found one...
3-Nov-2023 2:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Different Anesthesia Techniques Effect Postoperative Recovery, According to a Survey of Pediatric Patient Data

Utilizing both high spinal anesthesia (HSA) and general anesthesia (GA) may lead to faster patient recovery times and overall better patient care when used in pediatric congenital heart surgery.
3-Nov-2023 2:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Dr. Andrea Chadwick Named 2023 Presidential Scholar Award Recipient

Founder and director of the Fibromyalgia and Centralized Pain Exploration (FACE) Lab, Dr. Andrea Chadwick is to receive the 2023 Presidential Scholar Award this November.
15-Aug-2023 7:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Nobel Prize Laureate Who Studied Properties of Capsaicin Named 2023 Bonica Award Winner

David Julius, PhD, who received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2021, has been selected to receive ASRA Pain Medicine’s 2023 John J. Bonica Award. He will present the annual lecture on Saturday, November 11, in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Pain...
15-Aug-2023 7:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Ketamine May Be More Effective in Reducing Postoperative Pain in Patients With a Higher TSP

A study has found that ketamine may be more helpful in preventing postoperative pain among a subset of patients with a higher tendency toward central sensitization as measured by TSP (temporal summation of pain).
17-Apr-2023 2:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Surgery, Buprenorphine, and Patients in Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder

With the reintroduction of powerful narcotic opioids to manage acute pain, surgery can be a make-or-break time for patients in recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD). For those using buprenorphine as part of their recovery process, the stress,...
20-Sep-2021 10:05 AM EDT

The Pandemic Has Further Contributed to Bias, Worse Outcomes in Pain Management

Both patients with chronic pain and providers specializing in chronic pain are suffering from effects of COVID while battling bias in health care. Expert hopes to move forward in identifying differences in pain outcomes despite current challenges
20-Sep-2021 9:05 AM EDT

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Increasing Use of Behavioral Care Helps Patients Recover Faster from Surgery

Experts say behavioral medicine works alongside medications and other methods. When patients learn how to manage stress and pain before surgery, they can have better outcomes - including less postsurgical chronic pain and even lower costs.
16-Sep-2021 9:05 AM EDT

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The Promise of Regenerative Medicine to Treat Chronic Pain

Regenerative medicine has enormous implications for treatment and prevention of chronic pain including conditions like osteoarthritis, diabetic and peripheral neuropathy, and even spinal cord injuries and degenerative disk disease. According to one...
15-Sep-2021 9:00 AM EDT

Need surgery? Here’s why regional anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia during the coronavirus pandemic

If you don’t have COVID-19, you probably want to stay as far away from a hospital as possible right now. However, the fact is that some people still need emergency surgery. If you or a loved one are in this situation – for any reason – you...
16-Apr-2020 4:20 PM EDT

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The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is a professional member organization of more than 5,000 physicians and healthcare providers across the United States and the world. Founded in 1975, the mission of ASRA Pain Medicine is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine to improve patient outcomes through research, education, and advocacy. ASRA Pain Medicine is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit www.asra.com.


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IMPORTANT: Survey on Telemedicine Evaluation and Management Codes

 ASRA Pain Medicine is conducting a random sample survey of our membership to develop rec...
09 Mar 2023

Teleheath Flexibilities to Remain in Effect After  Public Health Emergency Ends in May

The Biden administration plans to end the public health emergency (PHE) declarations related to COVID...
02 Feb 2023

CMS Increasing Telephone E/M Payments, Waives Video Requirement for Certain Services

ASRA provided comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April asking the agency...
01 May 2020