The San Diego Pain Summit is a conference helping clinicians provide care for their patients based in current pain research.
This event was founded by Rajam Roose and formed in a spur of the moment idea. Back in 2014, she was organizing continuing education workshops for manual and physical therapists.
During a break at one workshop, she overheard the instructor asking the students (who had recently graduated from a physical therapy program) if they were learning updated pain research in their programs. And if they were familiar with pain research experts such as Patrick Wall, David Butler, Lorimer Moseley, etc.
The students nodded their heads, yes, and then 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."
A flash of an idea and the Summit was born. Without any prior experience managing a conference, Rajam Roose created this event and found success from the start, as the 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
The San Diego Pain Summit was born from a passion to create an event where clinicians can have a meeting space where it is okay to be uncertain, where it is understood that there are no definitive answers to treating pain.
The San Diego Pain Summit aims to connect clinical practice and pain research together under one roof in an interdisciplinary gathering.
The San Diego Pain Summit conference format is linear, affording each participant access to all of the presentations available without having to choose between equally relevant and important topics.
The sense of community is another key reason people attend the Summit, and the value of community is fostered and strengthened throughout the Summit through the casual Networking Event, during breaks, and in the hands-on workshops.
Under the umbrella of the San Diego Pain Summit, Rajam Roose has nurtured a supported space where clinicians can feel comfortable in asking the questions to help find deeper meaning in the frameworks that clinicians use with patients.
The San Diego Pain Summit is a grassroots event completely managed by Rajam, without any corporate sponsorship or grants and has thrived solely based on the support received from the presenters, who gladly share their expertise. And from the attendees who pay registration fees in order to attend these events.
Additionally, all conferences have been live-streamed and recorded since the premier event in 2015 and can be found on Pain Summit Online, which also helps support continuing Summit events.
Click on year to open the drop down menu. All presentations can be viewed on Pain Summit Online.
Rajam Roose is the CEO & Founder of the San Diego Pain Summit, LLC. She was a massage therapist for 16 years and ran a digital 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.