By Ed Coghlan
Chronic pain patients and providers may want to circle Saturday August 13 on their calendars (that is if anyone actually circles a calendar anymore). The 3rd Annual Midwest Pain Treatment Education Expo will be held in Northbrook, Illinois.
It’s the brainchild of Gracie Bagosy-Young, a chronic pain patient advocate who is no stranger to National Pain Report readers. She has been writing on issues for over two years and her columns are among the most widely distributed.
“I conceived the Expo so that patients can see and experience a multitude of treatment options,” she told the National Pain Report. “They will hear about more options at the Expo than they might in their own doctor’s offices. In addition, the Expo is an excellent opportunity for pain patients to meet in person and share their experiences.”
As always the event is free and open to the public. It will also be live streamed on the internet. (You must register to attend in person or on the web and you can do that here.)
The event, which is co-sponsored by the US Pain Foundation, has attracted a number of interesting medical providers who will share their expertise:
- Adam Young of the RUSH University Pain Center will speak on spinal cord stimulation and other techniques he and his partners use to battle chronic pain.
- Melissa Geraghty Psy.D. is a health therapist at Rago and Associates who is well known in the chronic pain community who will discuss how to communicate with pain patients at the Expo.
- Jay Joshi- of National Pain Centers is a nationally known pain physician. He is a key opinion leader nationally and has been critical of the national news coverage of the opioid controversy. He believes that the way pain is treated needs to be vastly improved.
- Marco De La Cruz of Whole Health Wellness will speak about the important of nutrition, how to identify food allergies and the importance of hormone restoration in the treatment of pain.
- Liz Elliott & Michael Richards of PharmaCannis will discuss medical marijuana which has now been approved in half the states and is on the ballot in Florida this November.
“The objectives of this Expo are clear. We strive to provide patients the latest medical information to help them as they battle their chronic pain, “ Bagosy-Young said. “There are many approaches to dealing with chronic pain and the more the patient knows the better.”