San Diego Pain Summit: Let’s get creative!



So this is a short post on a new feature for the San Diego pain summit. I had a conversation with Rajam Roose (San Diego pain summit organiser) recently to discuss an idea to bring the creativity of clinicians together.

It all started with a thought as most things do (nice little neural spin on that, I think). I love to think of new ideas on how I can explain pain to my patients. Explaining pain can be difficult and we all have our own way. I would like to invite you to show others how you get people going again. The main theme is through images, metaphors or analogies that you use to help people along their journey.

I also love collaborating with other people (clinicians, lawyers, builders, engineers) to get their ideas and thoughts about what they might use or what might help them make sense of understanding pain.

So I spoke to Rajam and pitched my idea: I’m happy to say that she loved the idea!

Here’s what I’d like to do:

  1. I want to invite you to email me your creative minds! To get your pictures or images that you have made to help your patients make sense of pain. It could be a single image with a message or a Journey metaphor, or a story that you tell to your patients. In addition if you could give a short paragraph of how you use your image and what message you aim to get from it. (
  2. Rajam and I would like a minimum of 15 – 20 images (as a start). We are looking for just 1 from  you. Depending on the response there could be more.
  3. Your images or pictures will then be displayed at next years San Diego Pain Summit. You don’t need to be in attendance at the summit, but it’s a way to get your creative genius seen by all.
  4. At the summit on the 25th of February between 10am-11am I will be presenting the images and will provide a short story of each. (If you are attending the summit you can have the opportunity to discuss your own image). There will then be an opportunity share our thoughts about the pictures. i.e. would you use it in your practice? why you like it? what message does it give you?


This is the first time we are doing this so very much a work in progress, but we would love as many people to contribute and collaborate in this as it will help to bring together an international community of clinicians and to show the creativity of those that may not have the opportunity to share with others.

So get your creativity hats on! You have 3 months! I can’t wait to see what creative genius we have out there!

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions and I’m open to suggestions.

UPDATE: We’ve had a request for poems to be included and we love the idea! The feature is open to the imagination, the more creative you can be the better.

Thanks for having a read and email me your images at:



N.B. Your images will be protected throughout and photography will be prohibited during the 1 hour session. We want to honour and at the same time respect the hard work of those individuals that put their time and effort into their images and making changes for patients.


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