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Pain experts to discuss treatment

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It is hoped the event will stimulate more studies into the treatment of pain

More than 5,000 experts and specialists on the treatment of pain are in Glasgow for the biggest conference hosted by the city this year.

It is hoped the 12th World Congress on Pain will stimulate and support more studies into the treatment of pain.

The conference, at the SECC, is a major coup for the city as it saw off stiff competition from Oslo, Copenhagen, the Hague and Seville to host the event.

It is estimated to be worth 10.9m to Glasgow's economy.

Leading researchers, clinicians scientists, health care providers and policy makers from around the world will discuss a variety of subjects.

Unfortunately the story of specialist pain services in Scotland is one of chronic failure
Paulo Quadros
Intlife Pain Management

The topics include using pain experts to work with the survivors of torture and war; how pain from spinal injury can be managed; spontaneous pain and whether pain is experienced differently by children.

Paulo Quadros, director of Glasgow centre Intlife Pain Management, is among those attending the conference.

He said: "Relieving chronic pain may just be the most misunderstood concept in healthcare.

"Unfortunately the story of specialist pain services in Scotland is one of chronic failure.

"It mirrors all too often the experience of patients being fobbed off with even higher doses of pain killers and the promise of future help which never materialises."


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