IPM Practice Guidelines

"The guidelines are expected to increase patient compliance, dispel miscommunications among providers and patients, manage patient expectations reasonably, and form the basis of a therapeutic partnership between the patient, the provider and payers, " said Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, ASIPP, CEO and Chairman of the Board.


An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain

Part 1 - Introduction and General Considerations

Pain physician 2013; 2013;16;S1-S48. Year Updated 2013, Click here

Part 2 - Guidance and Recommendations

Pain physician 2013; 2013;16; S49-S283. Year Updated 2013, Click here


American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Guidelines for Responsible Opioid Prescribing in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain:

Part I – Evidence Assessment

Pain Physician 2012;15;S1-S66.  Year Updated 2012, Click here

Part 2 - Guidance

Pain Physician  2012; 15;S67-S116. Year Updated 2012, Click here


Systematic Reviews


Percutaneous Lumbar Mechanical Disc Decompression Utilizing Dekompressor®: An Update of Current Evidence

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE1-SE24
Systematic Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, Aaron K. Calodney, MD, Standiford Helm II, MD, Timothy R. Deer, MD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.


An Update of the Systematic Assessment of Mechanical Lumbar Disc Decompression with Nucleoplasty

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE25-SE54
Systematic Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, David L. Caraway, MD, Timothy R. Deer, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, Haroon Hameed, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.


An Update of the Systematic Appraisal of the Accuracy and Utility of Lumbar Discography in Chronic Low Back Pain

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE55-SE95
Systematic Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Haroon Hameed, MD, Richard Derby, MD, Lee R. Wolfer, MD, Standiford Helm II, MD, Aaron K. Calodney, MD, Sukdeb Datta, MD, Lee T Snook, MD, David L. Caraway, MD, Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, and Steven P. Cohen, MD.


Diagnostic Utility of Selective Nerve Root Blocks in the Diagnosis of Lumbosacral Radicular Pain: Systematic Review and Update of Current Evidence

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE97-SE124
Systematic Review
Sukdeb Datta, MD, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Aaron K. Calodney, MD, Sairam Atluri, MD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, Ricardo M. Buenaventura, MD, and Steven P. Cohen, MD.


Spinal Endoscopic Adhesiolysis in Post Lumbar Surgery Syndrome: An Update of Assessment of Evidence

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE125-SE150
Systematic Review
Standiford Helm II, MD, Salim M. Hayek, MD, PhD, James Colson, MD, Pradeep Chopra, MD, Timothy R. Deer, MD, Rafael Justiz, MD, Mariam Hameed, MD, and Frank J.E. Falco, MD.


An Updated Review of Automated Percutaneous Mechanical Lumbar Discectomy for the Contained Herniated Lumbar Disc

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE151-SE184
Systematic Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Aaron K. Calodney, MD, Obi Onyewu, MD, Standiford Helm II, MD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.


Intrathecal Infusion Systems for Long-Term Management of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: An Update of Assessment of Evidence

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE185-SE216
Systematic Review
Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Vikram B. Patel, MD, Salim M. Hayek, MD, PhD, Timothy R. Deer, MD, Stephanie Geffert, MLIS, Jie Zhu, MD, Obi Onyewu, MD, Sareta Coubarous, DO, Howard S. Smith, MD, and Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD.


An Update of Evaluation of Intravenous Sedation on Diagnostic Spinal Injection Procedures

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE217-SE228
Systematic Review
Howard S. Smith, MD, James Colson, MD, and Nalini Sehgal, MD.


Percutaneous Lumbar Laser Disc Decompression: An Update of Current Evidence

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE229-SE260
Systematic Review
Vijay Singh, MD, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Aaron K. Calodney, MD, Peter S. Staats, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, David L. Caraway, MD, Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, and Steven P. Cohen, MD.


Assessment of Bleeding Risk of Interventional Techniques: A Best Evidence Synthesis of Practice Patterns and Perioperative Management of Anticoagulant and Antithrombotic Therapy

Pain Physician 2013;16;SE261-SE318
Systematic Review
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD, David L. Caraway, MD, Alan D Kaye, MD, PhD, Standiford Helm II, MD, Bradley W. Wargo, DO, Hans Hansen, MD, Allan T. Parr, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, John R Swicegood, MD, Howard S. Smith, MD, David M. Schultz, MD, Yogesh Malla, MD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.

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