Pioneering a Patient-Empowered Approach to Treating Chronic Pain in the UK

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In this episode, Dr. David Hanscom talks with Georgie Oldfield, a leading physiotherapist and a pioneer in treating chronic pain using a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach. She discusses her own story of overcoming chronic pain and how she developed an approach to treatment based on spending more time with and listening to patients to better understand what was happening in their lives. She shares how she started an organization – called SIRPA – to help train other clinicians and psychologists in this approach. Georgie Oldfield MCSP is a leading physiotherapist and UK Specialist in a pioneering approach to chronic pain that is evidence-based, educational and focuses on self-empowerment. Georgie is a clinician and author, having published her book, Chronic Pain: Your Key to Recovery in 2014. Through her company, SIRPA, Georgie also developed the first training program in this field in 2010, enabling health professionals to learn how to integrate this approach and the concept on which it is based within their own work. Georgie also speaks widely about this approach, gave a TEDx talk in 2019 and since 2015 has organized and hosted international conferences, which are held at 1 Wimpole Street in London, the home of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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