Pain eMonthly

Pain eMonthly provides information about the pain field, the association, and the activities of IASP's members, chapters, and Special Interest Groups.

President's Message

I hope you, your families, friends, and colleagues are continuing to stay safe and healthy.

With four months remaining of the IASP Virtual Series on Pain & Expo, I encourage you to register for and participate in this extraordinary virtual event. Did you know that members have free access throughout December? This exclusive member offer gives you the chance to learn and network virtually with the IASP community.

The session topics and posters demonstrate the multidisciplinary aspects of IASP, as well as the quality of pain science and research, that continuously aim to benefit those suffering from pain. With CE/CME accredited sessions and a poster gallery, you advance your career while discovering information on topics and research that interests you.

Not only are opportunities for multidisciplinary learning available, but the ability to connect with professionals from around the world using multiple networking lounges enables you to exchange knowledge and ideas while establishing strong relationships.

As an IASP member, I hope you take advantage of this exclusive offer, while communicating the benefits and opportunities the association provides to colleagues. If you have enjoyed any sessions, reach out to a colleague to let them know about this great opportunity.

Our understanding of COVID-19 and pain is increasing. However, COVID-19's presence around the world continues to impact people with pain, as well as those who offer pain treatment. Suffering from the pandemic extends beyond those infected with the virus; patients suffering from chronic pain have been affected as well. Major surgeries such as hip replacements have been postponed; patients may not be able to attend their physiotherapy appointments; patient advocacy groups cannot have in-person meetings; general contact restrictions may lead to increased anxiety and depression. One possibly advantageous consequence of restrictions in many countries has been the increased use of telemedicine for pain. Upcoming issues of PAIN include several articles that discuss COVID-19 and pain. A special collection of articles will be dedicated to the subject in the coming months in PAIN Reports.

Claudia Sommer, MD

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