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Steven Richeimer, MD
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Richeimer is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Steven Richeimer, MD

Dr. Steven Richeimer holds the academic position of Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry at the University of Southern California at Davis. Dr. Richeimer is the Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and Director, Norris Cancer Hospital Pain Management. He is Board Certified in the fields of anesthesiology and psychiatry, and in the sub-specialty of pain management.

From the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine, Dr. Richeimer earned a Medical Degree. After finishing medical residencies at UCLA in psychiatry and anesthesiology, Dr. Richeimer completed his pain management training at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Dr. Richeimer then went on to become the Director of Pain Management at the UC Davis Medical Center where he established a national reputation for his comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.

Dr. Richeimer is a member of the American Pain Society, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Richeimer has published two books and over twenty-five articles for peer-reviewed journals. This doctor is dedicated to using the full scope of medical science to provide personalized, effective care.

Steven H. Richeimer, MD is the author of A Pain Doctor’s Guide to Relief, Confronting Chronic Pain. Click here for more information about the book. For orders placed with the publisher, use code HNAF for 30% discount.

Publications

Articles/Abstracts/Chapters

Altshuler LL, Plaeger-Marshall S, Richeimer S, Daniels M, Baxter LR: Lymphocyte Function in Major
Depression. ACTA Scandinavia 80: 132-136, 1989.

Antigua-Martinez MTP, Wootton RJ, Richeimer SH, Ransil B, Warfield CA, Bajwa ZH: Effect of
Somatization on Global Pain Impairment. Poster session, APS Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, Nov 1995.

Antigua-Martinez MTP, Richeimer SH, Wootton RJ, Warfield CA, Bajwa ZH: Effect of Somatization on
Global Pain Impairment. Submitted, The Clinical Journal of Pain, 1996.

Bajwa ZH, Fishman SM, Richeimer SH, Rozan JP, Warfield CA: Intravenous Phenytoin May Predict the
Analgesic Efficacy of Phenytoin for Intractable Neuropathic Pain. Poster session, 8th World Congress on
Pain, Vancouver, BC, August, 1996.

Baxter LR Jr., Liston EH, Schwartz JM, Altshuler L, Guze BH, Richeimer SH, Wilkins J, Freedman DX.
Lithium prolongs the antidepressant response to partial sleep deprivation. Poster session, American
College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting. Maui, HA, December, 1985.

Baxter LR, Liston EH, Schwartz JM, Altshuler LL, Wilkins JN, Richeimer SH, Guze BH: Prolongation of
the antidepressant response to partial sleep deprivation by lithium. Psychiat Research, 19:17-23, 1986.

Baxter LR, Liston EH, Schwartz JM, Altshuler LL, Wilkins JN, Richeimer SH, Guze BH: Lithium extends
sleep deprivation effect in depression. pp. 70, APA 1986 Annual Meeting, Washington, D. C., May 1986.

Chase MH, Monoson R, Watanabe KA, and Richeimer SH: Reflex Responses to high frequency Reticular
Stimulation are State Dependent. Sleep Research 3:20, 1974.

Chase M, Richeimer S, Babb M. Sleep in the Aged Cat. Neuroscience Abstracts 5:1142, 1975.

Chase M, Babb, Stone M, Richeimer S: Active sleep Patterns in the old Cat. Sleep Res 5:20, 1976.

Guze BH, Liston LH, Baster LR, Richeimer SH, Gold ME: Interrater reliability of MECTA EEG, Recordings
of ECT seizure duration. J. Clinical Psychiatry 50:140-142, 1989.

Guze BH, Siegel DJ, Richeimer SH, Jackson M: Affective Disorders; in, The Handbook of Psychiatry,
Editors: Guze B, Richeimer S, Siegel D. Yearbook Medical Publisher, Chicago, 1990, pp 93-104.
Liston EH, Guze BH, Baxter LR, Richeimer SH, Gold MC: Motor vs EEG Seizure duration in ECT.
Biological Psychiatry 24 (1):94-96, 1989.

Macres SM, Richeimer SH: Successful treatment of erythromelalgia with intrathecal hydromorphone and
clonidine. Clinical Journal of Pain 16(4):310-3, 2000.

Macres SM, Richeimer SH, Duran PD: Adjuvant Analgesics; in, Warfield CA, Bajwa ZH (Eds): Principles
and Practice of Pain Management, 2nd edition. McGraw Hill, 2004.

Macres SM, Richeimer SH: Understanding Neuropathic Pain: Pathophysiology and Treatment Modalities.
Current Reviews in Clinical Anesthesia 19(2)14-20,1998.

Macres SM, Richeimer SH, Duran PJ: The Pathophysiology and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain. Am
Society of Anesthesiology Annual Review
, Vol 27, Chapter 10, 1999.

Macres SM, Richeimer SH: Review of Acute Postoperative Pain Management. Current Reviews in
Clinical Anesthesia
19(14)147-156,1999.

Nematbakhsh AM, Richeimer SH: Pharmacologic Therapies for Neck Pain. Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
, 14(3) 629-641, August 2003.

Richeimer SH: Pain Problems in the Emergency Room. Lifeline (Newsletter of Calif American College of
Emergency Physicians), September 2000.

Richeimer SH, Case GA: Ethical Issues And Problems Of Trust In The Management Of Chronic Pain; in,
Warfield CA, Bajwa ZH (Eds): Principles and Practice of Pain Management, 2nd edition. McGraw Hill,
2004.

Richeimer SH, Bajwa ZH, Kahraman S, Ransil BJ,Warfield CA: Utilization Patterns of Tricyclic
Antidepressants in a Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic. The Clinical Journal of Pain 13(4):324-329, 1997.

Richeimer SH: Commentary: Continuous Popliteal Sciatic Nerve Block. The Pain Medicine Journal Club
Journal
3(4):159-160, 1997.

Richeimer SH: Commentary: Unusual Complication After Interventional Pain Management. Cases of the
MGH Pain Center 1(2): 1997 (http://www.mghdacc.com/mghpc/Cases.htm).

Richeimer SH: Evaluation of the Patient with Pain; in, Gershwin ME, Hamilton M (Eds): The Pain
Management Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Diagnosis & Treatment. Humana Press, 1998.

Richeimer SH, Macres SM: Psychological and Medical Complications of Chronic Pain Management.
Seminars in Anesthesia 15(3):224-237, 1996.

Richeimer SH, Book Review: Management of Migraine. Anesthesiology 85 (5):1225-1226, 1996.

Richeimer SH: Management of Cancer Pain. Newsletter: The Oncology Nursing Society, Greater
Sacramento Chapter, April 1997.

Richeimer SH: Psychological Intervention in Delirium. Postgraduate Medicine 81 (5):173-180, 1987.

Richeimer SH, Bajwa ZH, Antigua-Martinez M, Ransil BJ, Warfield CA: Global Assessment of Pain
Impairment Scale (The GAPI): A Simple Self-rated Scale of Pain Related Impairment. Poster Session,
IASP 8th World Congress on Pain, Vancouver, BC, August 1996.

Richeimer SH, Bajwa ZH, Kahraman S, Warfield CA: Impact of Side Effects on Treatment with Tricyclic
Antidepressants in a Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic. Poster session, American Society of Regional
Anesthesia, Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, 1995.

Richeimer SH, Kahraman S, Bajwa ZH: Patterns of Use of Tricyclic Antidepressants in a Tertiary Care,
Multidisciplinary Pain Management Center. Poster session, American Academy of Neurology, Annual
Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 1995.

Szuba MP, Guze BH, Richeimer SH: The Post-Residency Perspective of the Psychiatric Chief Resident.
(Letter) Academic Psychiatry, 1993.

Tepper G, Richeimer SH, Sugay J: Outpatient Surgery: Spinal Applications. Orthopedic Special Edition
7(1):19-23, 2001.

Victor L, Richeimer SH: Psychosocial Therapies for Neck Pain. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Clinics of North America
, (3) 643-657, August 2003.

Victor L, Richeimer SH: Trustworthiness as a Clinical Variable—The Problem of Trust in the Management
of Chronic, Nonmalignant Pain. Submitted to Pain Medicine, 2004.

Books
The Psychiatric Drug Handbook, Guze B, Ferng H, Szuba M, Richeimer S. Mosby, St. Louis, 1992.

The Handbook of Psychiatry. Editors: Guze B, Richeimer S, Siegel D. Mosby, Chicago, 1990.

Save Your Aching Back and Neck, A Patient’s Guide, Eidelson S, Fessler R, Garfin S, Richeimer S, Rodts G, Spinasanta S. SYA Press and Research Inc., 2nd Edition, San Diego, 2002.

Articles Written by Steven Richeimer, MD

New Technologies for Treating Sciatica and Back Pain

Radiofrequency Discal procedures, along with pain-relieving devices and spinal pumps are among the new technologies used to ease back pain and sciatica that is caused by disc problems.

Low-dose Opioids May Help Patients Confront Chronic Back Pain

Opioids make life easier for countless people who live with debilitating pain.

Interventional Chronic Pain Management

Interventional pain management specialists offer an array of treatment options for chronic pain sufferers.

Opioid Pain Relievers

An in-depth description of opioid pain relievers with a view towards new technology.

Drugs and Medications Center

The SpineUniverse Drugs and Medications Center explains everything you need to know about over-the-counter and prescription medications used to treat back pain and neck pain.

Why Is Sciatica So Painful?

A question patients often ask is, “Why is sciatica so painful?” They often believe there’s something unique about sciatica versus other types of spinal nerve pain.

Tactical Treatments Help Manage Neck and Back Pain

Pain management specialists provide many different treatments, including activity modification, medications, therapeutic injections, physical therapy, and acupuncture.

Epidural Steroid Injections: Are They Useful?

Steroid injections into the lumbar epidural space are frequently used for low back and related radicular leg pains. The question is do they work? A prominent pain management specialist answers that question.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Neck, Back and Sacroiliac Pain

Radiofrequency ablation may help manage your back pain, and may be combined with other non-surgical therapies. Radiofrequency neurotomy and rhizotomy are other names for this procedure.

7 Tips for Exercising When You Have Chronic Pain

A pain medicine expert provides 7 tips to help you exercise with pain. Cynthia, who suffered a ballet injury, tells her story of how she got back on her feet per se.

Nerve Blocks: Medication Injections

Blocks with local anesthetic can be used to control acute pain. Blocks often provide diagnostic information, helping to determine the source of the pain.

Types of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain has two main categories: pain that comes from injured nerves and pain that comes from anything besides the nerves.

Pain Management Center

The Pain Management Center on SpineUniverse helps you understand various pain management treatments and techniques. Learn about spinal pumps, spinal cord stimulation, and other treatments pain management specialists use to help chronic pain sufferers find pain relief.

Nerve Blocks: Part 2

Part 2 is a discussion of different types of blocks including peripheral and sympathetic nerve blocks.

Psychologists Help Chronic Pain Patients

Being referred to a psychologist as part of your chronic pain treatment plan does not mean that your doctor thinks that your pain is all in your head. If your doctor refers you to a psychologist, it means that he or she is well-aware of the emotional effects chronic pain can have.

Case Studies Presented by Steven Richeimer, MD

Severe Low Back Pain in a 90-Year Old Male

Presented by: S. Richeimer MD

Patient History The patient is a 90-year-old male with a long history of intermittent low back pain that was well-controlled for years after a L3-L5 laminectomy. During the past 9-months, the patient’s low back pain has progressed to severe and constant. Pain radiates into both legs but is

Articles Reviewed by Steven Richeimer, MD

Lumbar Epidural Injection

Spinal epidural injections may help relieve low back and leg pain often caused by lumbar spinal stenosis or disc herniation.

Interventional Pain Management for Chronic Pain: Rhizotomy, Spinal Cord Stimulation, and Spinal Pumps

There are several interventional pain management techniques you can try to deal with chronic back pain.

Common Chronic Pain Questions

The term chronic pain is generally used to describe pain that has lasted for more than six months. It isn't always clear what causes chronic pain. There are several possibilities.

Caudal Epidural Injection Information

Read how this treatment may help to decrease nerve root inflammation and hopefully reduce back or leg pain.

Thoracic Epidural Injection

An epidural injection places anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space to decrease inflammation of the nerve roots, hopefully reducing the pain in the mid back or around the rib cage.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Selective (Transforaminal) Epidural Spinal Injection

By stopping or limiting nerve inflammation, the epidural injection may promote healing.

Cervical Epidural Injection

Learn what to expect from cervical epidural injections here. An epidural injection places anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space to decrease inflammation of the nerve roots, hopefully reducing the pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms.

Causes of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be caused by so many things: Read this article to learn the general categories of chronic pain causes.

The Discography Controversy: Discussion

Risks of discography include discitis, neurologic and visceral injury, dye reactions, and spinal headache. Spinal cord injury, vascular injury, prevertebral abscess, and subdural empyema have been reported post-discography.

Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

Many patients find chronic pain relief from complimentary and alternative medicines (CAM). Depending on your type of chronic pain, you may want to try acupuncture or herbal remedies. Massage is also a good treatment option for chronic pain.

Drugs Used to Treat Pain: Opioids - Narcotics

Although the terminology is not precisely correct, pain-relieving opioids are often called narcotics, and they may be prescribed to treat many types of pain.

Surgery for Chronic Pain

Surgery is a last resort option for chronic pain, but in some cases, it may be necessary. Learn when doctors recommend surgery for chronic pain patients.

Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is much more than pain. It can lead to other physical, social, and emotional problems that can feel overwhelming.

Exams and Tests to Diagnose Chronic Pain

Your doctor will need to run several exams and tests, and through all of it, he or she will be trying to figure out what's causing your chronic pain.

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is hard to define because it affects people so differently and can come in so many forms.

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Medtronic, Boston Scientific (for the USC Pain Center)
Speakers' Bureau
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