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The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of pain medicine. As a medical specialty society, the Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy, and research in the specialty of pain medicine.

The practice of pain medicine is multi-disciplinary in approach, incorporating modalities from various specialties to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the pain patient. AAPM represents the diverse scope of the field through membership from a variety of origins, including such specialties as anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, and psychiatry.

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Latest Pain News

AAPM Statement on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Report: Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use
July 14, 2017 [Source: AAPM]
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AAPM Submits Comments to FDA Regarding Training Health Care Providers on Pain Management and Safe Use of Opioid Analgesics
July 10, 2017 [Source: AAPM]

AAPM Submits Comments to FDA Regarding the FDA Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids
July 10, 2017 [Source: AAPM]

Opioid Tapering May Improve Outcomes for Chronic Pain Sufferers
July 11, 2017 [Source: American College of Physicians]

Does Widespread Pain Stem from the Brain? MRI Study Investigates
July 10, 2017 [Source: Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan]

Early-Life Pain May Lead To Obesity Risk, Especially In Females, Neuroscience Institute Study Finds
July 5, 2017 [Source: Georgia State University]

New Guideline on Pelvic Girdle Pain during Pregnancy – Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy Presents Evidence-Based Recommendations
July 5, 2017 [Source: Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins]

Study: Exposure to Light Causes Emotional and Physical Responses in Migraine Sufferers
June 26, 2017 [Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center]

Depressed Patients More Likely to be Prescribed Opioids
June 20, 2017 [Source: University of Rochester]

Acupuncture Relieves Pain in Emergency Patients: Study
June 19, 2017 [Source: RMIT University, Australia]

Persistent Pain Shows up Inefficiency of Current Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) Treatment
June 15, 2017 [Source: European League Against Rheumatism]

Study Looks at Needles in Treatment for Shoulder Pain
June 14, 2017 [Source: Radiological Society of North America]

Meditation Could Be a Cheaper Alternative to Traditional Pain Medication
June 12, 2017 [Source: Leeds Beckett University U.K.]

Inflammatory Molecule Essential to Muscle Regeneration in Mice
June 12, 2017 [Source: Stanford University School of Medicine]

Don't Rely on Smartphone Apps to Treat Back Pain
June 7, 2017 [Source: University of Sydney, Australia]

SLU Researcher Finds Cause and Possible Relief of Cancer Bone Pain
June 7, 2017 [Source: Saint Louis University]

A New Approach to Combatting Anxiety States, Pain and Inflammation
June 6, 2017 [Source: University of Bern, Switzerland]

Unexpected Mechanism Behind Chronic Nerve Pain
June 2, 2017 [Source: Karolinska Institutet]

Poll: Doctors Are Still Prescribing Lots of Opioids for Low Back Pain
May 19, 2017 [Source: NPR]

Implementation of the National Pain Strategy Listening Session Registration Information
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May 11, 2017 [Source: HHS]

Study on Disc Degeneration Could Revolutionize Treatment Options for Lower Back Pain
April 27, 2017 [Source: Baylor Scott & White Health]

AMA Offers Guidance to Physicians on Safe Storage, Disposal of Opioids
April 18, 2017 [Source: AMA]

Discovery of 'Mini-Brains' Could Change Understanding of Pain Medication
April 4, 2017 [Source: University of Leeds, U.K.]

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