Bernard E. Filner, M.D., Pain Medicine, Rockville, MD


Dr. Filner Online

Read a technical publication by Dr. Filner, “Trigger Point Injections: Techniques, Pitfalls, and Alternatives (PDF),” which discusses some of the technologies that he uses in his practice, Practical Pain Management (November/December 2008) »

Read Dr. Filner’s comments regarding postural inserts and pain »

Find an abstract of Dr. Filner’s guest editorial, “Low Level Laser Therapy: A Clinician’s View” (or read full version PDF), Practical Pain Management (October 2006)

Find brief reports of studies using the ML830 Low Level Laser Light instrument used in Dr. Filner’s practice »


Patient Recommendations

The Pain Center welcomes patients’ suggestions of references they have found useful and would like to share. Please understand that we provide these links as a patient-to-patient resource and not an endorsement. Submit your references in person or by contacting the office.

Margaret has these books on her shelf, and says, “Each has something to offer and each has a different approach to how it presents the information, which I find helpful. I don’t always agree with what I read, but they help me organize my thoughts.”


Online Resources This is the web site of a physician with considerable experience in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. The National Fibromyalgia Association is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop programs to improve the quality of life for fibromyalgia sufferers. Dr. Filner serves on its medical advisory board. The National Fibromyalgia Partnership is a non-profit organization established in 1992. Its mission is to provide resource information. The Partnership does not endorse any products, treatments, or practitioners. Dr. Filner serves on its medical advisory board. This site, operated by an entity known as ProHealth that was founded by a patient, contains a considerable amount of reference material on fibromyalgia and pain. ProHealth states that it raises money for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia research and also sells nutritional supplements. The therapists of the non-profit National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists are specialists in working with trigger points, which contribute significantly to myofascial pain.


Fibromyalgia References

Alan S. Lichtbroun, Mei-Ming C. Raicer, and Ray B. Smith. “The Treatment of Fibromyalgia with Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology , 7(2):72–78, 2001. Read abstract »

Devin Starlanyl and Mary Ellen Copeland, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual (2nd Edition, 2001), New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Devin Starlanyl and Hal Blatman, The Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting the Support You Need to Cope With Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome (1999), New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Author Devin Starlanyl’s Fibromyalgia & Chronic Muscular Pain web site »

Daniel J. Wallace and Daniel J. Clauw, Fibromyalgia & Other Central Pain Syndromes (2005), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Article (PDF): “Fibromyalgia: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Research” (2006) in FM Monograph, a publication of the National Fibromyalgia Partnership, Inc.


Chronic Pain References

Hal Blatman and Brad Ekvall, The Art of Body Maintenance: Winners’ Guide to Pain Relief (2006), Danua Press

Clair Davies and Amber Davies, The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook:Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief (2nd Edition, 2004), New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

David G. Simons, Janet G. Travell, and Lois S. Simons, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction; The Trigger Point Manual, Volume 1: Upper Half of Body (2nd Edition, 1999), Williams & Wilkins. The Travell and Simons myofascial pain volumes are the definitive textbooks on myofascial pain. Please note that the authors of this book state that the book is designed for healthcare professionals. However, the first few chapters should be informative to patients as well.

Janet G. Travell and David G. Simons, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction; The Trigger Point Manual, Volume 2: The Lower Extremities (1992), Williams & Wilkins


Posture & Pain References

Mark E. Beckett, Denise L. Massie, K. Douglas Bowers, and David L. Stoll, “Incidence of Hyperpronation in the ACL Injured Knee: A Clinical Perspective,” Journal of Athletic Training, 27(1) (1992)

B. A. Rothbart, “Medial Column Foot Systems: An Innovative Tool for Improving Posture” (new title: “Etiology of Foot Hyperpronation: Embryological Perspective”), Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy, 6 (1):37–46 (2002)

Myles J. Schneider, Nothing to Lose but the Pain: Without Drugs or Surgery: For Relief of Postural Pains: Foot to Jaw (1995), Acropolis South, L.C.

Steven D. Stovitz and J. Chris Coetzee, “Hyperpronation and Foot Pain: Steps Toward Pain-Free Feet,” The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 32(8) (August, 2004)

“Posture Perfect,” Washington Post (April 16, 2007)


Work-Related Disorders and Ergonomics Ergonomics »

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-141, “Musculoskeletal Disorders and Workplace Factors: A Critical Review of Epidemiologic Evidence for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Neck, Upper Extremity, and Low Back,” (1997)

Panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and National Research Council, “Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace: Low Back and Upper Extremities,” (2001). In this book, NIH investigators from many medical specialties analyzed the published literature for factors contributing to workplace musculoskeletal disorders.