Each year, the U.S. Pain Foundation hosts KNOWvember, a month-long event using events, social media content, and information to explore an aspect of pain management. This year, we focused on neuropathic pain, which is pain caused by damage to the various levels of the nervous system.
An impressive amount of pain warriors all around the country participated in last month’s event, which was organized around the hashtag #NeuroPain. 32% of people who visited the U.S. Pain website engaged with KNOWvember resources on neuropathic pain, including an informational handout, webinar, and Twitter Chat. The month also featured daily social media posts with facts about neuropathic pain and weekly articles on different types of nerve pain.
The November 17 webinar, “Understanding Neuropathic Pain,” had a record-breaking amount of registrations. Moderated by CEO Nicole Hemmenway, the presentation featured Helen Blake, MD, a specialist in pain management from the St. Louis Spine and Orthopedic Surgery Center, who discussed the causes of neuropathic pain, treatment options, and much more. The recording of the event continues to be a resource that pain warriors are engaging with and learning from.
Throughout the month, the U.S. Pain Foundation social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook shared daily posts with facts and details about neuropathy and its treatment in America. Finally, U.S. Pain consulted doctors and experts to offer weekly articles about different types of neuropathic pain. Click to read these articles below:
- Nerve Pain After Trauma: Options for Identifying, Diagnosing, and Treating Neuropathy
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: ‘One of the most challenging problems in all of medicine’
- Diabetes, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Pain: What You Need To Know
- What is Neuropathic Pain and How Is It Treated?
To end the month, U.S. Pain hosted a live Twitter chat with NY Times bestselling author Karen Duffy, Bay Area chronic pain expert Dr. Peter Abaci, and For Grace, a non-profit that promotes better care and wellness for women in chronic pain. The #NeuroPainChat discussed many issues surrounding neuropathic pain, including its prevalence, treatment options, and more, leading to a wider conversation about nerve pain and how to treat it.
“This November, we connected with experts and increasing numbers of patients all over the country through events and information about neuropathic pain,” said Nicole Hemmenway, CEO of US Pain Foundation. “Our deepest thanks to our speakers and contributors Helen Blake, MD, Kyle Eberlin, MD, Charles Argoff, MD, Peter Abaci, MD, Karen Duffy, For Grace, Cynthia Toussaint, Guy LoPresti, and Rick Phillips, for lending their expertise, experiences and opinions to this month’s campaign. We also would like to extend a special thanks to our KNOWvember sponsors, Axogen, Inc. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.”
This campaign was created through support from Axogen, Inc. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. U.S. Pain Foundation developed the content without review from sponsors. This information is educational only and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a health care professional.