CRPS 2017 Conference in Cork

CRPS UK charity for complex regional pain syndrome

Richmond is heading to Cork with the CRPS UK crew

I am looking forward to the CRPS Conference this week for a number of reasons. The primary reason and purpose is to connect with others who want to drive social change in terms of pain. I will be representing UP of course, and encouraging people to join our community as we forge forward with enterprising work to change the way society thinks about and addresses pain.

Pain is embedded within society and hence is a social problem. You could also call pain a public health problem, with both terms more accurately defining the nature of the issue. Pain is not a medical problem.

Conferences for particular conditions are often dominated by clinicians and scientists. Whilst these groups must be there, so should patient representative organisations, policy makers, MPs and others who must play a role in the much needed change. The best example of this in action was the recent SIP conference in Malta when every group was present to discuss how we can move onward and the next steps.

Sadly, I have neither seen nor heard any positive reverberations in the UK from this key meeting. All the work is going on in Europe. I hope the UK will wake up. I will certainly keep nudging until we do together with my friend and co-conspirator, Pete Moore. Coming soon, we have some short videos of recent conversations we had about pain ~ sign up to the UP website and you’ll receive notification.

The CRPS conference will be a chance to talk to researchers about their new findings. Naturally I can read their papers, but the chance to chat and connect is vital. We need much more interaction between those in healthcare and those doing the research. The science must be distilled into something that can be consumed by all, which is another of UP’s purposes.

I will be tweeting from Cork, so keep an eye on Twitter @painphysio and follow me if you don’t already. Blogs will appear here and on my ow site: Specialist Pain Physio and on Facebook


CRPS UK Conference November 2015

CRPS UK Conference 2015
CRPS UK Conference 2015

Here’s a quick reminder about the CRPS UK Conference that is coming up on 14th November in Bath, when there will be some fascinating talks from leaders in the field — see the flyer for details and booking.

I will be discussing practical elements of blending pain science and philosophical thought within a coaching model, a concept that I term ‘Pain Coach’, accompanied by Georgie from UP and Jo Moffitt who will both be sharing their experiences of CRPS. Our session aims to show you how we can go about changing pain and resuming a meaningful life with the right thinking and action, based on understanding pain.

The CRPS UK conference will be on the back of our next UP event, which is on Saturday at T5 London Heathrow, where an even bigger choir will be singing out all day to raise awareness of the problem of pain. We will be filming the event and putting out the footage so that you can enjoy the music — music being such an uplifter.