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. 

Recommended Reading Archive

Papers recommended for previous Cases of the Month can be found in the Recommended Reading Archive. 

Recommended Reading May 2024

Franz J, Kieselbach K, Lahmann C, Gratzke C, Miernik A.

Chronic Primary Pelvic Pain Syndrome in Men.

Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2023 Jul 24;120(29-30):508-518. doi: 10.3238/arztebl.m2023.0036.

Cohen SP, Wang EJ, Doshi TL, Vase L, Cawcutt KA, Tontisirin N.

Chronic pain and infection: mechanisms, causes, conditions, treatments, and controversies.

BMJ Med. 2022 Mar 31;1(1):e000108. doi: 10.1136/bmjmed-2021-000108. 

Franco JV, Turk T, Jung JH, Xiao YT, Iakhno S, Tirapegui FI, Garrote V, Vietto V.

Pharmacological interventions for treating chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Oct 6;10(10):CD012552. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012552.pub2.

Li AS, Van Niekerk L, Wong ALY, Matthewson M, Garry M.

Psychological management of patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS): a systematic review.

Scand J Pain. 2022 Aug 9;23(1):25-39. doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2022-0049.

Cottrell AM, Schneider MP, Goonewardene S, Yuan Y, Baranowski AP, Engeler DS, Borovicka J, Dinis-Oliveira P, Elneil S, Hughes J, Messelink BJ, de C Williams AC.

Benefits and Harms of Electrical Neuromodulation for Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Systematic Review.

Eur Urol Focus. 2020 May 15;6(3):559-571. doi: 10.1016/j.euf.2019.09.011. 

Yani MS, Eckel SP, Kirages DJ, Rodriguez LV, Corcos DM, Kutch JJ.

Impaired Ability to Relax Pelvic Floor Muscles in Men With Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

Phys Ther. 2022 Jul 4;102(7):pzac059. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzac059.

Wagner B, Steiner M, Huber DFX, Crevenna R.

The effect of biofeedback interventions on pain, overall symptoms, quality of life and physiological parameters in patients with pelvic pain : A systematic review.

Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2022 Jan;134(Suppl 1):11-48. doi: 10.1007/s00508-021-01827-w.

European Association of Urology

EAU Guidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain, 2024

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Recommended Reading April 2024

Chang C, McDonnell P, Gershwin ME.

Complex regional pain syndrome - Autoimmune or functional neurologic syndrome.

J Transl Autoimmun. 2020 Dec 24;4:100080. doi: 10.1016/j.jtauto.2020.100080. PMID: 33490941; PMCID: PMC7804982.



Mangnus TJP, Bharwani KD, Dirckx M, Huygen FJPM.

From a Symptom-Based to a Mechanism-Based Pharmacotherapeutic Treatment in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Drugs. 2022 Apr;82(5):511-531. doi: 10.1007/s40265-022-01685-4. Epub 2022 Mar 5. PMID: 35247200; PMCID: PMC9016036.

Chevreau M, Romand X, Gaudin P, Juvin R, Baillet A.

Bisphosphonates for treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome type 1: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials versus placebo.

Joint Bone Spine. 2017 Jul;84(4):393-399. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2017.03.009. Epub 2017 Apr 11. PMID: 28408275.

Halicka M, Vittersø AD, Proulx MJ, Bultitude JH.

Neuropsychological Changes in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Behav Neurol. 2020 Jan 14;2020:4561831. doi: 10.1155/2020/4561831. PMID: 32399082; PMCID: PMC7201816.

Deer TR, Levy RM, Kramer J, Poree L, Amirdelfan K, Grigsby E, Staats P, Burton AW, Burgher AH, Obray J, Scowcroft J, Golovac S, Kapural L, Paicius R, Kim C, Pope J, Yearwood T, Samuel S, McRoberts WP, Cassim H, Netherton M, Miller N, Schaufele M, Tavel E, Davis T, Davis K, Johnson L, Mekhail N.

Dorsal root ganglion stimulation yielded higher treatment success rate for complex regional pain syndrome and causalgia at 3 and 12 months: a randomised comparative trial.

Pain. 2017 Apr;158(4):669-681. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000814. PMID: 28030470; PMCID: PMC5359787.

Barnhoorn K, Staal JB, van Dongen RT, Frölke JPM, Klomp FP, van de Meent H, Adang E, Nijhuis-van der Sanden MW.

Pain Exposure Physical Therapy versus conventional treatment in complex regional pain syndrome type 1-a cost-effectiveness analysis alongside a randomised controlled trial.

Clin Rehabil. 2018 Jun;32(6):790-798. doi: 10.1177/0269215518757050. Epub 2018 Feb 12. PMID: 29430970; PMCID: PMC5971370.

Rome L.

The place of occupational therapy in rehabilitation strategies of complex regional pain syndrome: Comparative study of 60 cases.

Hand Surg Rehabil. 2016 Oct;35(5):355-362. doi: 10.1016/j.hansur.2016.06.005. Epub 2016 Sep 23. PMID: 27781981.

Giummarra MJ, Cameron PA, Ponsford J, Ioannou L, Gibson SJ, Jennings PA, Georgiou-Karistianis N.

Return to Work After Traumatic Injury: Increased Work-Related Disability in Injured Persons Receiving Financial Compensation is Mediated by Perceived Injustice.

J Occup Rehabil. 2017 Jun;27(2):173-185. doi: 10.1007/s10926-016-9642-5. PMID: 27150733.

Recommended Reading March 2024

Bendtsen, L., Zakrzewska, J.M., Heinskou, T.B., Hodaie, M., Leal, P.R.L., Nurmikko, T., Obermann, M., Cruccu, G. and Maarbjerg, S. (2020).

Advances in diagnosis, classification, pathophysiology, and management of trigeminal neuralgia.

The Lancet Neurology, 19(9), pp.784–796.

Gambeta, E., Chichorro, J.G. and Zamponi, G.W. (2020).

Trigeminal neuralgia: An overview from pathophysiology to pharmacological treatments.

Molecular Pain, 16, p.174480692090189.

Daniel, H. (2021).

Role of psychological factors in the experience of trigeminal neuralgia.

Oxford University Press eBooks, [online] pp.195–206.

Wang, Z., Wang, Z., Li, K., Su, X., Du, C. and Tian, Y. (2021).

Radiofrequency thermocoagulation for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia.

Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 23(1).

Naik, V., Motimath, B. and Pathania, T. (2020).

Application of matrix rhythm therapy (MaRhyThe©) as a novel treatment in trigeminal neuralgia.

Indian Journal of Physical Therapy and Research, 2(2), p.141.

Merz AE, Campus G, Abrahamsen R, Wolf TG.

Hypnosis on acute dental and maxillofacial pain relief: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

J Dent. 2022 Aug;123:104184. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2022.104184. Epub 2022 Jun 9. PMID: 35691451.

Boyke, A.E., Naidu, I., Lam, S., Alvi, M.A., Bader, E.R. and Agarwal, V. (2021).

Medical Malpractice and Trigeminal Neuralgia: An Analysis of 49 Cases.

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 79(5), pp.1026.e1–1026.e8.

Recommended Reading January 2024

Forero M, Adhikary SD et al.

The erector spinae plane block. A novel analgesic technique in thoracic neuropathic pain.

Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2016; 41: 621-627

Chin, K.J., El-Boghdadly, K.

Mechanisms of action of the erector spinae plane (ESP) block: a narrative review.

Can J Anesth/J Can Anesth 68, 387–408 (2021)

Bajaj S, Whiteman A, Brandner B.

Transdermal drug delivery in pain management.

Continuing Education in Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain. 2011; 11(2):39–43, 

Jepegnanam C, Bull E, Bansal S, McCarthy D, Booth M, Purser E, Makaka T, Shapley G, Cooper J, Probert J, Malpus Z.

The role of the psychologist in the inpatient pain service: development and initial outcomes.

Br J Pain. 2021 May;15(2):163-174. 

1.  RA-UK, upper limb and trunk plan A blocks.

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2. RCoA and RA-UK joint webinar: Blocks for the many (not just the few). November 2020.

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Claydon J, Maniatopoulos G, Robinson L, Fearon P.

Challenges experienced during rehabilitation after traumatic multiple rib fractures: a qualitative study.

Disability and Rehabilitation, 2018;40:23, 2780-2789,

Weinberg BJ, Roos R, van Aswegen H.

Effectiveness of nonpharmacological therapeutic interventions on pain and physical function in adults with rib fractures during acute care: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

S Afr J Physiother. 2022 Jun 28;78(1):1764. doi: 10.4102/sajp.v78i1.1764. PMID: 35814044; PMCID: PMC9257723.

Turbitt L.R, Mariano E.R, El-Boghdadly K.

Future directions in regional anaesthesia: not just for the cognoscenti.

Anaesthesia. 2020; 75: 293-297

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