About Practical Pain Management

Your Trusted Source for Information about Chronic Pain

Practical Pain Management (PPM):

With the practitioner and patient in mind, PPM 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 latest research in chronic pain to bring about the best outcomes for individual patients.

From arthritis and migraines to back pain and fibromyalgia, PPM provides up-to-date best 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 approximately 44,000, and more than 700,000 unique visitors come to our website every month.

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 have been approximately 1 million unique visitors to the calculator throughout 2017.

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: December 12, 2017