About Practical Pain Management

Providing evidence-based strategies for the treatment of chronic pain to both providers and consumers in a digestible, practical format.


Practical Pain Management (PPM) - For the Professional/Practicing Clinician:

PPM is published online and in print 10 times a year. The journal was founded in 2000 to provide in-depth clinical information on a variety of pain conditions and treatment approaches. Written and reviewed by pain experts and leaders in the field, our content helps readers navigate the evolving landscape in pain management, from the latest research in assessment and diagnoses to novel approaches in care to bring about the best, long-term outcomes for individual patients.

From arthritis and migraine to back pain and fibromyalgia, the PPM journal and professional website provide up-to-date best clinical practices and real-world insights into the complex and dynamic nature of pain and how to treat it safely and effectively. Our print journal has a circulation of more than 41,000, with over 700,000 unique visitors to our website every month.

Practical Pain Management (PPM) - For the Patient:


For individuals suffering from chronic pain, our PPM Patient Edition offers online content and social media communities that feature in-depth resources, relatable personal stories, and strategies for self-managing pain and working with healthcare providers to reclaim one's quality of life and daily functioning. From communicating with doctors, nurses, and caregivers, to understanding the current healthcare environment, to coping with the emotional side of pain, the PPM  Patient Edition covers the entire patient experience.   


Special Editions

Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring—Primary Care Models for Pain Management” was published in 2017. The 80-page primer, edited by Paul Christo, MD, Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, Jeffrey Gudin, MD, and Bryn Nelson, PhD, is featured at medical meetings across the country. The book addresses the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines from a legal and legacy patient standpoint, and provides current assessment and monitoring tools, and alternative therapies, as well as weaning protocols.

The first edition, published in 2016 and edited by Paul Christo, MD, Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, Jeffrey Gudin, MD, and Lynne Peeples, MA/MS, focuses on “How to Combat Opioid Abuse and Misuse Responsibly.” The supplement provides an overview of the opioid crisis, combination therapies and tools for managing both acute and chronic pain, and expertise regarding patient referrals.

On the patient side of our website, PPM published in 2017 The Smart Patient’s Guide to Chronic Pain Management. Featuring a unique quiz and full-size poster, the guide walks patients through the CDC guidelines on opioid use and misuse, alternative ways to treat pain, the emotional side of pain, the relationship between diet and pain relief, and more. The guide also features individual patient success stories.

Opioid Calculator

One of the daily challenges facing healthcare providers is how to safely and accurately calculate appropriate opioid doses—either for opioid-naïve patients or when switching from one agent to another. Pain experts Michael J. Brennan, MD, MS, Jeffrey Fudin, BS, PharmD, FCCP, and Ruth J. Perkins, BS, MA, PharmD, BCPS took on the momentous task of developing their “ideal” opioid conversion calculator. Based on medical evidence and with an easy-to-use at the point of care framework, the result is the PPM Opioid Calculator. There are approximately 1 million unique visitors to the esteemed conversion calculator annually.

About Vertical Health, LLC

Practical Pain Management is owned by Vertical Health, LLC, one of the fastest-growing online medical media companies. Through its various websites in the musculoskeletal, mental health, and endocrine fields, the company seeks to provide all the tools patients and professionals need to make better, more informed decisions—and ultimately to improve patient outcomes.


Last updated on: May 14, 2019