FEEL­ING THE PAIN

Climbing - - BASECAMP -

I was ex­cited to read about Hazel Find­lay’s ex­pe­ri­ence with per­sis­tent shoul­der pain in No. 360. As a long­time climber and a physi­cian as­sis­tant in Michi­gan with a his­tory of per­sis­tent pain, my pro­fes­sional pas­sion is teach­ing peo­ple about pain and help­ing them re­duce their own suf­fer­ing. As many as one in three peo­ple suf­fer from per­sis­tent pain, and there is so much ground­break­ing re­search about how to help. Un­for­tu­nately, the US med­i­cal- in­dus­trial com­plex is badly mis­man­ag­ing pain. The only way I see to ef­fect change is to ed­u­cate peo­ple on a grass­roots level. LIZ PEPPIN, PA- C, VIA EMAIL

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