During its 2020 KNOWvember campaign, U.S. Pain Foundation took a closer look at neuromodulation for pain relief through the #NeuromodulationKnowledge theme.

Neuromodulation is defined as “the alteration of nerve activity through targeted delivery of a stimulus, such as electrical stimulation or chemical agents, to specific neurological sites in the body,” and includes everything from TENS units to spinal cord stimulators. It’s a fairly technical area of pain management, and as a result, is sometimes overlooked by patients.

The goal for the month was to provide information about the various types of neuromodulation, both implanted and external. The campaign included three events: a Twitter chat on Nov. 5: “The next generation of neuromodulation for pain relief,” a webinar presentation on Nov. 12: “From TENS to SCS: What type of neuromodulation is right for me?” and a webinar panel discussion on Nov. 19: “My journey with implanted pain relief,” along with three new educational handouts and a social media myths and facts series.

As a fun perk, those who participated in two of the three KNOWvember events are eligible to receive a free U.S. Pain face mask. If you completed the participation requirement already, you can go ahead and fill out this form by Dec. 15 to request a face mask.

If you missed the events live, there is still a chance to earn your free face mask! Both webinar events were recorded. The Nov. 12 recording is currently available on the KNOWvember page, and the Nov. 19 event will be added this Friday. To watch, you must log in to Zoom. Once you’ve watched both, please fill out the form to receive your face mask. If you have difficulty accessing the recordings or trouble with the form, email us at [email protected].

“Our deepest thanks to our speakers and participants for sharing their time, experiences, and expertise with our community: the International Neuromodulation Society, For Grace, Paul Christo, MD, Michael Leong, MD, Janet Jay, Kevin Lee Beck, and Erin Kegley,” says Nicole Hemmenway, CEO of U.S. Pain. “We also would like to extend a very special thanks to the campaign sponsors, Boston Scientific and Abbott.”


Thank you to Boston Scientific and Abbott for sponsoring the KNOWvember educational campaign.