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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 Response to Senator McCaskill Report
February 13, 2018 [Source: AAPM]

AAPM Advocating for You and the Specialty of Pain Medicine: 2017 Advocacy Year in Review
January 30, 2017 [Source: AAPM]

AAPM Joins AMA "Share Your Story" Campaign
February 6, 2018 [Source: AMA]

SLU Research: Opioid Cessation May Be More Successful When Depression Is Treated
February 5, 2018 [Source: Saint Louis University]

Final Order: Neurological Devices; Classification of the Percutaneous Nerve Stimulator for Substance Use Disorders
February 5, 2018 [Source: Federal Register/ Vol. 83, No. 24]

Length of Opioid Prescription, Number of Refills Spell Highest Risk for Misuse after Surgery
January 18, 2018 [Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center]

Default Setting in Electronic Medical Records 'Nudged' Emergency Department Physicians to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 10 Tablets
January 18, 2018 [Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine]

Researchers Devise Decoy Molecule to Block Pain Where It Starts
January 16, 2018 [Source: University of Texas Dallas]

CDC Guideline Not Meant to Apply to Dosing of Opioid Agonists/Partial Agonists Used for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
January 9, 2017 [Source: AMA Opioid Task Force]

Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid
January 4, 2018 [Source: University of North Carolina School of Medicine]

The Use of Stem Cell Therapy to Reverse Opioid Tolerance
December 29, 2017 [Source: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics]

New Vaccine Technology Shows Promise as a Tool to Combat the Opioid Crisis
December 18, 2017 [Source: The U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP)]

Genetics May Play Role in Chronic Pain after Surgery
December 14, 2017 [Source: American Society of Anesthesiologists]

Gene Mutation Causes Low Sensitivity to Pain
December 14, 2017 [Source: University College London]

Exposure to Terror May Increase Risk of Migraine, Other Headaches
December 13, 2017 [Source: American Academy of Neurology]

Experts Identify Management Strategies for Concerning Behaviors That Arise when Taking Opioids for Chronic Pain
December 11, 2017 [Source: UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences]

Acupuncture Reduces Breast Cancer Joint Pain
December 7, 2017 [Source: SWOG]

Tackling Lower Back Pain and Joint Degeneration through Research
December 6, 2017 [Source: University of California, San Francisco]

These Surgeons Cut Opioid Prescriptions Dramatically, With No Increase in Pain
December 6, 2017 [Source: Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan]

AAPM Supports Coverage for Interventional Procedures
November 21, 2017 [Source: AAPM]

AAPM Contributes to AUC for Fluoroscopically-Guided SI
November 2017 [Source: Pain Medicine]

'Negative Emotions' Linked to Higher Rates of Opioid Use in Sickle Cell Disease
November 27, 2017 [Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine]

Scientists Reveal New Avenue for Drug Treatment in Neuropathic Pain
November 24, 2017 [Source: King’s College London]

Why Head and Face Pain Causes more Suffering
November 13, 2017 [Source: Duke University]

New Study Aims to Reduce Opioid Use While Managing Chronic Pain
November 9, 2017 [Source: UNC Healthcare]

AAPM Submits Comments to the FDA in Response to the Citizen’s Petition on Ultra High Dose Opioids
November 2, 2017 [Source: AAPM]

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