Reading relevant to Pain Medicine practice
This section includes articles of interest; some recent, some dating back some years but still very relevant to today’s practice and knowledge base. They are intended to be useful to read preparation for the exam, but also for continued professional development.
This list of recommended reading will be updated regularly by the Faculty. Previous recommended papers will be archived for future reference. For copyright reasons, only the reference and the link to the paper are listed.
Click the headers in each section below to show the relevant papers for this month.
Access to papers
The great majority of papers listed will be open access or available through NHS libraries. Some are publications from peer reviewed Journals, some are articles of interest from other sources. The papers listed intend to reflect the multidisciplinary ethos of Pain Medicine.
Complimenting this section is the Journal Club section where specific papers are listed with specific questions posed, aimed to generate interest and further reading.
Recommended Reading October 2021
Exploring the Role of Chronic Pain Clinics: Potential for Opioid Reduction
Amol Patwardhan, , Ryan Matika, , Janalee Gordon, , Brian Singer, , Michelle Salloum, , and Mohab Ibrahim,
Pain Physician 2018; 21:E 603-E610 • ISSN 2150-1149
Drug addiction: from bench to bedside
Julian Cheron & Alban de Kerchove d’Exaerde
Translational Psychiatry volume 11, Article number: 424 (2021)
The opioid crisis: Origins, trends, policies, and the roles of pharmacists
Marie A Chisholm-Burns, Christina A Spivey, Erin Sherwin, James Wheeler, Kenneth Hohmeier,
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Volume 76, Issue 7, 1 April 2019, Pages 424–435,
Mental health, pain, and risk of drug misuse: A nationwide cohort study
Dana A Glei, Maxine Weinstein
Volume 109, October 2020, 106467
European Journal of Pain, Volume25, Issue5, May 2021, Pages 949-968
European* clinical practice recommendations on opioids for chronic noncancer pain – Part 1: Role of opioids in the management of chronic noncancer pain
Winfried Häuser, Bart Morlion et al
An Innovative Physical Therapy Intervention for Chronic Pain Management and Opioid Reduction Among People Living with HIV
Sara D. Pullen, Carlos del Rio et al
BioResearch Open AccessVol. 9, No. 1
American Occupational Therapy Association
Recovery With Purpose: Occupational Therapy and Drug and Alcohol Abuse
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Recommended Reading September 2021
A web-based, branching logic questionnaire for the automated classification of migraine
Eric A Kaiser, Aleksandra Igdalova, Geoffrey K Aguirre and Brett Cucchiara
Cephalalgia 2019, Vol. 39(10) 1257–1266
Current concept of the pathophysiology of migraine and new targets for its therapy
Tabeeva G.R. Katsapava Z
Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics 2020;12(4):143–152
The efficacy of botulinum toxin type-A for intractable chronic migraine patients with no pain-free time
Dominic Atraszkiewicz, Rieko Ito, Anish Bahra
The British Journal of Pain First Published May 24, 2021
Effectiveness of mindfulness by smartphone, for patients with chronic migraine and medication overuse during the Covid-19 emergency
Licia Grazzi, Paul Rizzoli & Frank Andrasik
Neurological Sciences volume 41, pages 461–462 (2020)
Peripheral nerve stimulation registry for intractable migraine headache (RELIEF): a real-life perspective on the utility of occipital nerve stimulation for chronic migraine
Keyoumars Ashkan, Giannis Sokratous, Hartmut Göbel, Vivek Mehta, Astrid Gendolla, Andrew Dowson, Theresa Wodehouse, Axel Heinze & Charly Gaul
Acta Neurochirurgica, volume 162, pages 3201–3211 (2020)
Neck pain associated with migraine does not necessarily reflect cervical musculoskeletal dysfunction
Zhiqi Liang, Lucy Thomas, Gwendolen Jull, Joanne Minto, Hossein Zareie, Julia Treleaven
Headache Volume61, Issue6, June 2021, Pages 882-894
United States Patients’ Perspective of Living with Migraine: Country-Specific Results From the Global “My Migraine Voice” Survey
Sarah N. Gibbs, Shweta Shah, Chinmay G. Deshpande, Mark E. Bensink, Michael S. Broder, Paula K. Dumas, Dawn C. Buse, Pamela Vo, Todd J. Schwedt
Headache, Volume 60, Issue7, July/August 2020 Pages 1351-1364
Recommended Reading August 2021
L. Bendtsen, J. M. Zakrzewska, J. Abbott, M. Braschinsky, G. Di Stefano, A. Donnet, P. K. Eide, P. R. L. Leal, S. Maarbjerg, A. May, T. Nurmikko, M. Obermann, T. S. Jensen, G. Cruccu: European Academy of Neurology guideline on trigeminal neuralgia
European Journal of Neurology Volume 26, Issue 6 June 2019 Pg 831 - 849 First published: 12 March 2019
Eder Gambeta, Juliana G. Chichorro, Gerald W. Zamponi: Trigeminal neuralgia: An overview from pathophysiology to pharmacological treatments
Molecular Pain January 26, 2020 Vol 16 1-18
Satish V Khadilkar, Varsha A Patil: Medical Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia
REVIEW ARTICLE Year : 2021 Volume : 69 Issue : 7 Page : 199-205
L. N. Melek, M. Devine, T. Renton: The psychosocial impact of orofacial pain in trigeminal neuralgia patients: a systematic review
International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume 47, Issue 7, July 2018, Pages 869-878
Zachary S. Mendelson, Jayant R. Velagala, Gurkirat Kohli, Gary M. Heir, Antonios Mammis James, K.Liu
: Pain-Free Outcomes and Durability of Surgical Intervention for Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Comparison of Gamma Knife and Microvascular Decompression
Volume 112, April 2018, Pages e732-e746
Zamani S, Okhovatian F: Physiotherapy management in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia – a case report
Journal of Physiotherapy Clinical Research 2018, 3(1), 42 -27
Carolina Venda Nova, Joanna M. Zakrzewska, Sarah R. Baker, Richeal NiRiordain: Treatment Outcomes in Trigeminal Neuralgia–A Systematic Review of Domains, Dimensions and Measures
World Neurosurgery: Volume 6, April 2020, 100070
Hughes J, de Gray L: Ethical challenges faced when there is a mismatch between guidelines, patient autonomy and clinical practice
British Journal of Hospital Medicine Vol. 82, No. 6 Editorial July 2021
Recommended Reading July 2021
Anthony L. Komaroff and Lucinda Bateman: Will COVID-19 Lead to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Frontiers in Pain medicine, 18 January 2021
Jose G. Montoya, Tyson H. Holmes, Jill N. Anderson, Holden T. Maecker, Yael Rosenberg-Hasson, Ian J. Valencia, Lily Chu, Jarred W. Younger, Cristina M. Tato, and Mark M. Davis: Cytokine signature associated with disease severity in chronic fatigue syndrome patients
Research article, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science United States of America
L. D. Crosby, S. Kalanidhi, A. Bonilla, A. Subramanian, J. S. Ballon & H. Bonilla: Off label use of Aripiprazole shows promise as a treatment for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS): a retrospective study of 101 patients treated with a low dose of Aripiprazole
Journal of Translational Medicine volume 19, Article number: 50 (2021)
Carolyn E. Wilshire, Tom Kindlon, Robert Courtney, Alem Matthees, David Tuller, Keith Geraghty & Bruce Levin: Rethinking the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome—a reanalysis and evaluation of findings from a recent major trial of graded exercise and CBT
BMC Psychology volume 6, Article number: 6 (2018)
Do-Young Kim, Jin-Seok Lee, Samuel-Young Park, Soo-Jin Kim & Chang-Gue Son: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)
Journal of Translational Medicine volume 18, Article number: 7 (2020)
Lillebeth LarunKjetil G BrurbergJan Odgaard-Jensen Jonathan R Price: Exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome
Cochrane database of systematic reviews: October 2019
Panagiotis V. Tsaklis: How would a post-virus chronic fatigue syndrome affect the performance of workers that fell ill from COVID-19?
IETI Transactions on Ergonomics and Safety 2020, Volume 4, Issue 1, 9-13
Amberly Brigden, Alison Shaw & Esther Crawley: “It’s a medical condition … you need to support as much as possible”: a qualitative analysis of teachers’ experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)
BMC Paediatrics volume 21, Article number: 6 (2021)
Recommended Reading June 2021
Aziza Alenezi, Asma Yahyouche & Vibhu Paudyal: Current status of opioid epidemic in the United Kingdom and strategies for treatment optimisation in chronic pain
International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy volume 43, pages 318–322 (2021)
Zoë Dworsky-Fried, Bradley J.Kerra, Anna M.W.Taylor: Microbes, microglia, and pain
Neurobiology of Pain, Volume 7, January–July 2020, 100045
Wainberg M, Jacobs, GR, di Forti M, Tripathy SJ: Cannabis, schizophrenia genetic risk, and psychotic experiences: a cross-sectional study of 109,308 participants from the UK Biobank
Translational Psychiatry volume 11, Article number: 211 (2021) • Published: 09 April 2021
Bertha K. Madras, Ph.D., and Hilary Connery, M.D., Ph.D. Psychiatry and the Opioid Overdose Crisis focus.psychiatryonline.org Focus Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring 2019
Martin John Wilby, Ashley Best, Eifiona Wood, Girvan Burnside, Emma Bedson, Hannah Short, Dianne Wheatley, Daniel Hill-McManus, Manohar Sharma, Simon Clark, Ganesan Baranidharan, Cathy Price, Richard Mannion, Peter J Hutchinson, Dyfrig A Hughes, Anthony Marson, Paula R Williamson: Surgical microdiscectomy versus transforaminal epidural steroid injection in patients with sciatica secondary to herniated lumbar disc (NERVES): a phase 3, multicentre, open-label, randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation.
Lancet Rheumatology 2021 Published Online March 18, 2021
Arlette Albisser, Yann Le Clec’h, Haiko Sprott First Neck pain and migraine: Association or cause? A narrative review of the literature Clinical and Translational Neuroscience
April 4, 2019
Hill W: The role of occupational therapy in pain management, Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2016, Pages 451-453
Recommended Reading May 2021
Ani Nalbandian, Kartik Sehgal, Elaine Y. Wan: Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome. Nature Medicine (2021)
Beukenhorst, Anna L. Schultz, David M. McBeth, John. Sergeant, Jamie C. Dixon, William G: Are weather conditions associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain? Review of results and methodologies. PAIN: April 2020 - Volume 161 - Issue 4 - p 668-683
Giovanni E Ferreira, Andrew J McLachlan, Chung-Wei Christine Lin, Joshua R Zadro, Christina Abdel-Shaheed, Mary O’Keefe, Chris G Maher: Efficacy and safety of antidepressants for the treatment of back pain and osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2021 Jan; 372
Nina Bendelin, Pär Björkdahl , Mimmi Risell, Karin Zetterqvist Nelson, Björn Gerdle, Gerhard Andersson and Monica Buhrman: Patients’ experiences of internet-based Acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain: a qualitative study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2020) 21:212
Simon Thomson Frank Huygen Simon Prangnell José De Andrés Ganesan Baranidharan Hayat Belaïd Neil Berry Bart Billet Jan Cooil Giuliano De Carolis Laura Demartini Sam Eldabe Kliment Gatzinsky Jan W. Kallewaard Kaare Meier Mery Paroli Angela Stark Matthias Winkelmüller Herman Stoevelaar: Appropriate referral and selection of patients with chronic pain for spinal cord stimulation: European consensus recommendations and e‐health tool.
European Journal of Pain: Volume24, Issue 6, July 2020, Pages 1169-1181
A. Leung-Wright: Physiotherapy for chronic pelvic pain: a review of the latest evidence. Journal of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy, Autumn 2020, 127, 26–38
Émilie Lagueux, Andréa Dépelteau and Julie Masse: Occupational Therapy’s Unique Contribution to Chronic Pain Management: A Scoping Review. Pain Research and Management Volume 2018 |Article ID 5378451 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/5378451
Karen D. Davis, Herta Flor, Henry T. Greely, Gian Domenico Iannetti, Sean Mackey, Markus Ploner, Amanda Pustilnik, Irene Tracey, Rolf-Detlef Treede and Tor D. Wager: Brain imaging tests for chronic pain: medical, legal and ethical issues and recommendations. October 2017, Volume 13, 624 -638
Recommended Reading April 2021
C. Small, H. Laycock: Acute postoperative pain management BJS Volume107, Issue2 Special Issue: Advances in perioperative care January 2020
Tonia L. Vincent: Peripheral pain mechanisms in osteoarthritis Pain. 2020 Sep; 161(1): S138–S146.
Friso de Vries, Mees Bruin, Daniel J Lobatto, Olaf M Dekkers, Jan W Schoones, Wouter R van Furth, Alberto M Pereira, Niki Karavitaki, Nienke R Biermasz, Amir H Zamanipoor Najafabadi: Opioids and Their Endocrine Effects: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 105, Issue 4, April 2020, Pages 1020–1029
Christopher Eccleston, Fiona M. Blyth, Blake F. Dear, Emma A. Fisher, Francis J. Keefe, Mary E. Lynch, Tonya M. Palermo, M. Carrington Reid, and Amanda C de C Williams: Managing patients with chronic pain during the COVID-19 outbreak: considerations for the rapid introduction of remotely supported (eHealth) pain management services. Pain. 2020 May; 161(5): 889–893.
Elbert A. Joostena and Glenn Frankena: Spinal cord stimulation in chronic neuropathic pain: mechanisms of action, new locations, new paradigms Pain. 2020 Sep; 161(1): S104–S113.
Anne Mette Schmidt, Trine Bay Laurberg, Line Thorndal Moll, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Thomas Maribo: The effect of an integrated multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme for patients with chronic low back pain: Long-term follow up of a randomised controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, October 2020
Jennifer Pearson, Katie Whale, Nicola E Walsh, Sandi Derham, Julie Russell, Fiona Cramp:
Fibromyalgia Self‐Management: Mapping the behaviour change techniques used in a practice‐based programme Musculoskeletal Care Volume18, Issue3, September 2020, Pages 372-382
L McLean House, II, MD, Kayla N Tabari, RN, Travis N Rieder, PhD, Zachary L McCormick, MD Pain in the Pandemic: Ethical Approaches During COVID-19
Pain Medicine, Volume 21, Issue 11, November 2020, Pages 2629–2633
Recommended Reading March 2021
Clauw D, Hauser W, Cohen S, Fitzcharles MA: Considering the potential for an increase in chronic pain after the COVID-19 pandemic Pain. 2020 Aug; 161(8): 1694–1697.
Gary R: William D. Willis, Jr, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture: The evolutionary history of nerve growth factor and nociception. Published online 2020 Aug 19. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001889; Pain. 2020 Sep; 161(1): S36–S47.
Blanco FJ, Guermazi A, Miki K, Yamabe T, Viktrup L, Junor R, Carey W, Brown M, West C, Verburg KSubcutaneous tanezumab for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: efficacy and safety results from a 24-week randomised phase III study with a 24-week follow-up period. Ann Rheum Dis 2020;79:800–810. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2019-216296
Shapiro, F: The Role of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in Medicine: Addressing the Psychological and Physical Symptoms Stemming from Adverse Life Experiences Perm J. 2014 Winter; 18(1): 71–77.
Manchikanti L, Kosanovic R, Vanaparthy R, Vangala B, Soin A, Sachdeva H, Shah S, Knezevic N, Hirsch J. Steroid Distancing in Interventional Pain Management During COVID-19 and Beyond: Safe, Effective and Practical Approach Pain Physician 2020; 23:S319-S350 • ISSN 2150-1149
Trujillo M, Alvarez A, Nguyen L, Petros J Embodiment in Virtual Reality for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Case Series J Pain Res. 2020; 13: 3131–3137. Published online 2020 Nov 25. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S275312
Nicholson C, Edwards M, Carson A, Gardiner P, Golder D, Hayword K, Humblestone S, Jinadu H, Lumsden C, MacLean J, Main L, Macgregor L, Nielsen G, Oakley L, Price J, Ranford J, Ranu J, Sum E, Stone J - Occupational therapy consensus recommendations for functional neurological disorder J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2020;91:1037–1045. doi:10.1136/jnnp-2019-322281
Chan S, Tulloch E, Cooper S, Smith A, Wojcik W, Norman J: Montgomery and informed consent: where are we now? BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2224 (Published 12 May 2017)