1. History of Interventional Pain Medicine

  1. P. Prithvi Raj MBBS, FFARCS (Eng), FIPP1 and
  2. Serdar Erdine MD, FIPP2

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118300480.ch1

Pain-Relieving Procedures: The Illustrated Guide

Pain-Relieving Procedures: The Illustrated Guide

How to Cite

Raj, P. P. and Erdine, S. (2012) History of Interventional Pain Medicine, in Pain-Relieving Procedures: The Illustrated Guide, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118300480.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departments of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA

  2. 2

    Istanbul Pain Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470670385

Online ISBN: 9781118300480



  • interventional pain medicine, and history;
  • new sub-specialty under pain medicine, as interventional pain medicine;
  • Melzack and Wall's gate control theory, and dorsal column stimulators;
  • dorsal column stimulators, in chronic neuropathic/vascular pain;
  • deep brain stimulation, uncertainty in terms of efficacy of pain relief;
  • new treatment techniques, as byproduct of pain-related research;
  • pain management, diagnosis, rehabilitation of singular sensory symptom;
  • pain specialists, and an understanding of conditions causing pain;
  • the ABA in the US, pain management as a subspecialty of anesthesiology;
  • pain medicine education disparity, to be addressed


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Formative years

  • Pain mechanisms

  • Establishment of interventional pain medicine

  • Defining a pain specialist

  • Education and training of interventional pain physicians

  • Competency and certification of pain physicians

  • Present status of interventional pain medicine

  • Pain societies and education

  • Credentialing

  • The World Institute of Pain

  • Conclusion

  • Further reading