Recommended Reading

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. 

Journal Club

Complimenting this section is the Journal Club section where specific papers are listed with specific questions posed, aimed to generate interest and further reading.  

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Recommended Reading November 2023

O’Keeffe, M., Michaleff, Z.A., Harris, I.A. et al. Public and patient perceptions of diagnostic labels for non-specific low back pain: a content analysis. Eur Spine J 31, 3627–3639 (2022).

Morton L, de Bruin M, Krajewska M, Whibley D, Macfarlane GJ. Beliefs about back pain and pain management behaviours, and their associations in the general population: A systematic review. Eur J Pain. 2019 Jan;23(1):15-30.

McNeilage AG, Ashton-James CE, Scholz B. "We were all looking for the magic pill": A qualitative study of patient experiences using gabapentinoids for chronic pain. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 Sep;119:104112.

Munday I, Newton-John T, Kneebone I. 'Barbed wire wrapped around my feet': Metaphor use in chronic pain. Br J Health Psychol. 2020 Sep;25(3):814-830.

Bunzli, Samantha PhD; O’Brien, Penny BHealthSci (hons); Ayton, Darshini PhD; Dowsey, Michelle PhD; Gunn, Jane PhD; Choong, Peter MD; Manski-Nankervis, Jo-Anne PhD. Misconceptions and the Acceptance of Evidence-based Nonsurgical Interventions for Knee Osteoarthritis. A Qualitative Study. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 477(9):p 1975-1983, September 2019.

Cowell I, McGregor A, O'Sullivan P, O'Sullivan K, Poyton R, Schoeb V, Murtagh G. Physiotherapists' Approaches to Patients' Concerns in Back Pain Consultations Following a Psychologically Informed Training Program. Qual Health Res. 2021 Nov;31(13):2486-2501.

Johnson MI, Hudson M, Ryan CG. Perspectives on the insidious nature of pain metaphor: we literally need to change our metaphors. Front Pain Res (Lausanne). 2023 Sep 15;4:1224139.

Gilad J Regev, Roi Treister and Silviu Brill et al. Low Back Pain Patients’ Perceptions Regarding Their Own Radiology Reports: Pre-Intervention Survey. J Pain Res. 2023. Vol. 16:933-941.

Recommended Reading October 2023

Traeger AC, Gilbert SE, Harris IA, Maher CG.

Spinal cord stimulation for low back pain.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2023 Mar 7;3(3):CD014789

Caylor J, Reddy R, Yin S, Cui C, Huang M, Huang C, Ramesh R, Baker DG, Simmons A, Souza D, Narouze S, Vallejo R, Lerman I.

Spinal cord stimulation in chronic pain: evidence and theory for mechanisms of action.

Bioelectron Med. 2019 Jun 28;5:12.

Harned ME, Gish B, Zuelzer A, Grider JS.

Anesthetic Considerations and Perioperative Management of Spinal Cord Stimulators: Literature Review and Initial Recommendations.

Pain Physician. 2017 May;20(4):319-329

Thomson S, Huygen F, Prangnell S, De Andrés J, Baranidharan G, Belaïd H, Berry N, Billet B, Cooil J, De Carolis G, Demartini L, Eldabe S, Gatzinsky K, Kallewaard JW, Meier K, Paroli M, Stark A, Winkelmüller M, Stoevelaar H.

Appropriate referral and selection of patients with chronic pain for spinal cord stimulation: European consensus recommendations and e-health tool.

Eur J Pain. 2020 Jul;24(6):1169-1181.

Eldabe S, Duarte RV, Gulve A, Thomson S, Baranidharan G, Houten R, Jowett S, Sandhu H, Chadwick R, Brookes M, Kansal A, Earle J, Bell J, Robinson J, Walker S, Rhodes S, Taylor RS.

Does a screening trial for spinal cord stimulation in patients with chronic pain of neuropathic origin have clinical utility and cost-effectiveness (TRIAL-STIM)? A randomised controlled trial.

Pain. 2020 Dec;161(12):2820-2829.

Patel CB, Patel AA, Diwan S.

The Role of Neuromodulation in Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Review Article.

Pain Physician. 2022 Jul;25(4)

Hara S, Andresen H, Solheim O, Carlsen SM, Sundstrøm T, Lønne G, Lønne VV, Taraldsen K, Tronvik EA, Øie LR, Gulati AM, Sagberg LM, Jakola AS, Solberg TK, Nygaard ØP, Salvesen ØO, Gulati S.

Effect of Spinal Cord Burst Stimulation vs Placebo Stimulation on Disability in Patients With Chronic Radicular Pain After Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

JAMA. 2022 Oct 18;328(15):1506-1514.

Baranidharan G, Bretherton B, Black S.

A case series of new radicular pain following the insertion of spinal cord stimulator.

Br J Pain. 2022 Aug;16(4):450-457.

Recommended Reading September 2023

SL Ray-Griffith, M P Wendel, Z N Stowe, E F Magann

Chronic pain during pregnancy: a review of the literature

International Journal of Women’s Health Volume 10, 2018, Pages 153-164 | Published online: 18 Dec 2022; 

F Fiat, P E Merghes, A D Scurtu, B A Guta, C A Dehelean, N  Varan, E Bernad

The Main Changes in Pregnancy—Therapeutic Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain

Medicina 2022, 58(8), 1115;

R. Landau

Post-caesarean delivery pain. Management of the opioid-dependent patient before, during and after caesarean delivery

International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia; Volume 39, August 2019, Pages 105-116;


Karen Schreiber, Margreta Frishman, Mark D Russell, Mrinalini Dey, Julia Flint, Alexander Allen, Amy Crossley, Mary Gayed, Kenneth Hodson, Munther Khamashta, Louise Moore, Sonia Panchal, Madeleine Piper, Clare Reid, Katherine Saxby, Naz Senvar, Sofia Tosounidou, Maud van de Venne, Louise Warburton, David Williams, Chee-Seng Yee, Caroline Gordon, Ian Giles

British Society for Rheumatology guideline on prescribing drugs in pregnancy and breastfeeding: comorbidity medications used in rheumatology practice 

Rheumatology, Volume 62, Issue 4, April 2023, Pages e89–e104;


Mark D Russell, Mrinalini Dey, Julia Flint, Philippa Davie, Alexander Allen, Amy Crossley, Margreta Frishman, Mary Gayed, Kenneth Hodson, Munther Khamashta, Louise Moore, Sonia Panchal, Madeleine Piper, Clare Reid, Katherine Saxby, Karen Schreiber, Naz Senvar, Sofia Tosounidou, Maud van de Venne, Louise Warburton, David Williams, Chee-Seng Yee, Caroline Gordon, Ian Giles

British Society for Rheumatology guideline on prescribing drugs in pregnancy and breastfeeding: immunomodulatory anti-rheumatic drugs and corticosteroids 

Rheumatology, Volume 62, Issue 4, April 2023, Pages e48–e88;

D Ceprnja, L Chipchase, P Liamputtong A Gupta 

“This is hard to cope with”: the lived experience and coping strategies adopted amongst Australian women with pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth volume 22, Article number: 96 (2022);

K Meier, J Glavind, I Milidou, J C Hedemann Sorensen, P Sandager

Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface

Volume 26, Issue 1, January 2023, Pages 224-232;

VB Ferreira, L R Iuamoto, W T Hsing

Multidisciplinary Management of Musculoskeletal Pain During Pregnancy -A Review of Literature

The Journal of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 4(2):p 63-69, Apr–Jun 2021. 

Y Nakamura, Y S Tsuno, A Wada, K Nagasaka, M Kawajiri, Y Takeishi, M Yoshida, T Yoshizawa

Occupational stress is associated with job performance among pregnant women in Japan: comparison with similar age group of women

BMC Pregnancy and childcare: October 2022, Article number 749; 

J Couzin-Frankel

The Pregnancy Gap

18 March 2022 – Vol 375, Issue 6586;

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