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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.



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

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,

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
3(4):159-160, 1997.

Richeimer SH: Commentary: Unusual Complication After Interventional Pain Management. Cases of the
MGH Pain Center 1(2): 1997 (

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.

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

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.

Drugs and Medications for Chronic Neck and Back Pain

Article explains typically prescribed drugs and how they help.

Psychologists Help Chronic Pain Patients

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.

Interventional Chronic Pain Management

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

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.

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.

Minimally Invasive Treatment of Chronic Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Bipolar Radiofrequency Neurotomy, also known as Radiofrequency Ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure that disables and prevents nerve from transmitting pain signals to the brain. This procedure may help relieve sacroiliac joint pain.

Healing Power of Man’s Best Friend—and Cats, too/Pets Can Be Powerful Medicine

Pain medicine specialist, Steven Richeimer, MD, explains why having a pet, or interacting with a trained dog or cat may improve a pain patient's quality of life.

6 Ways Regular Exercise Affects Chronic Pain

An analysis of 33 different studies concluded that exercise reduces pain and improves physical functionality related to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

Chronic Pain Prevention

Can chronic pain be prevented? Especially chronic back pain: is it possible to prevent pain? A pain management specialist tells you how you can work to prevent chronic back pain.

Facet Rhizotomy

The goal of a facet rhizotomy is to relieve back pain by "shutting off" the pain signals. Facet rhizotomies are also called radiofrequency rhizotomies, and they are pain management techniques that target the nerves near the facet joints.

Six Things to Know About Storing and Disposing Prescription Drugs

Properly disposing of medications is important and more complicated than you think.

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.

Opioid Pain Relievers

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

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

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.

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.

Exercise and Chronic Pain

There are many benefits to exercise and physical activity. Staying active may prevent your pain from getting worse.

Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain comes in many forms, so effectively treating your pain requires a plan just for you. A physical therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan.

What is Chronic Pain?

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

Holiday Weight Gain: How the Holidays Can Cause Back Pain

What's not to love about the holiday season? Well, how about the weight you put on, thanks to all that festive food...and the possible back pain from that extra weight? Avoid back pain this holiday season by following these tips.

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.

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.

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Grants/Research Support
Medtronic, Boston Scientific (for the USC Pain Center)
Speakers' Bureau
Merck (inactive >1 year)