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UP chronic pain awareness dayUP | Understand Pain is an awareness campaign highlighting the enormous problem of persistent pain.

Using the latest research and thinking, we look at ways of transforming this costly, global issue by providing the accurate and science-based information to help society understand pain.

This information will be disseminated on this website and through Pain Coach workshops for clinicians, people suffering pain, carers and others who need to understand pain.

The recent WHO Global Burden of Disease estimates (see below) revealed that in the top 20 leading causes of ‘years lost to disability’ (YLD), back and neck pain is No.2, migraine at No.10 and osteoarthritis at No.11. Unipolar depressive disorder is at No.1. The other conditions often include a degree of pain, illustrating the vast nature of the problem of pain.

We believe that any condition that is painful, and this is not just musculoskeletal problems, requires accurate and compassionate assessment and treatment based upon the latest understanding. Within the treatment programme, it is vital that the person understands their pain and the influences so that they realise their potential for change and how to overcome their pain, resuming a meaningful life. Everyone has the right to this information.

Our messages:

  • Persisting pain is a significant global health burden (Vos et al. 2012), affecting approximately 20% of the population.
  • Understanding pain is the key to overcoming pain and living a meaningful life.
Richmond Stace | Specialist Pain Physio & Pain Coach
Richmond Stace | Specialist Pain Physio & Pain Coach

UP has been co-founded by Richmond Stace and Georgie Standage. We launched the campaign with a singing event at Heathrow in March this year (2015), when over 700 Rock Choir singers performed whilst we promoted our messages about persistent pain.

Georgie Standage
Georgie Standage

UP is the voice for people with persistent pain, using music and song to tell people that there is a way forward beginning with understanding pain and learning how to translate this into effective action for success.

If you are a pain sufferer, a clinician who works with people suffering persistent pain, a carer, a policy maker or a charity for a condition that is painful, we would love to hear from you: please email upandsing@gmail.com

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