About the San Diego Pain Summit
A Multidisciplinary Pain Education Research Conference
How The San Diego Pain Summit Started
In 2014, Rajam Roose (a massage therapist with an interest in pain treatment and research) was organizing interdisciplinary continuing education workshops for manual and physical therapists in San Diego.
During a break at one workshop, she overheard the instructor asking the participants if they were learning current pain research in their programs. If they were familiar with pain research experts such as Patrick Wall, David Butler, Lorimer Moseley, etc.
The students nodded their heads, and one spoke out and replied: "Yes, we were taught current pain research at my school but I have no idea how to apply it into my practice."
Rajam realized there needed to be an event where participants could learn clinical applications of pain research that would be directly relevant to their work. Without any prior experience organizing or managing a conference, Rajam created this multidisciplinary pain management conference and found success from the start.
Her idea received strong support from Professor Lorimer Moseley, who came all the way over from Australia to give two 90 minute keynote presentations at the premier event in 2015 in San Diego, California.
Over the years, the San Diego Pain Summit has evolved into an event where clinicians learn how to have a person-centered practice.
Watch this video where Rajam Roose explains how she started the San Diego Pain Summit
The San Diego Pain Summit is on a mission to change how pain is managed and treated in the healthcare industry by organizing conferences and workshops where clinicians can learn up to date pain education and research. The Summit also includes voices representing the patient’s lived experience, which is an integral part of creating person centered care.
What You Will Find On This Website
You will find the following information on this website:
- Information on future San Diego Pain Summit conferences, workshops, and online events.
- A patient resources page where viewers can watch past talks delivered from people with lived experiences of pain and links to websites on pain management for the general public.
- All San Diego Pain Summit conference presentations are recorded and made available to watch anytime, on any device (with wifi). Recordings from 2018 to present are found here in the Pain Summit Online section.
- All conference presentations from 2015-2017 can be accessed for free on this page.
- Check out words of wisdom from former speakers for clinicians.
Why You Should Attend The San Diego Pain Summit
This multidisciplinary event is for healthcare practitioners who want to keep up with the latest information, discoveries and applications in pain management in order to provide better outcomes for their patients.
The San Diego Pain Summit has developed a reputation for bringing together leading researchers and clinicians who share current pain management and research to provide a curated selection of the most important information to increase the impact of your practice.
A key reason people attend this event is the strong sense of community, which is fostered and strengthened throughout the Summit at the annual dinner party, during breaks, and during hands-on workshops.
Post participant evaluation forms and surveys show:
- 90% of participants consider the information presented/taught extremely relevant for their clinical practice.
- 97% of participants find immense value in the connections made with other participants/speakers.
The information delivered at San Diego Pain Summit events is there to add into current frameworks, not replace what clinicians are already doing with their patients.
Rajam has focused efforts on nurturing a supported environment where clinicians can feel comfortable in asking the questions to help find deeper meaning in the frameworks used to help their patients.
About the CEO/Founder, Rajam Roose
Rajam is the CEO/Founder and sole organizer of the San Diego Pain Summit, LLC. She was a massage therapist for 16 years and ran a digital marketing consulting business for massage business owners for five years. Rajam has also published a memoir, Travels With A Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along The Roads Of The Americas, a travel narrative documenting 4.5 years she lived hitchhiking and vagabonding in four countries.