Vancouver group forms to ease pain

first_imgWestern Pain Society of Washington — Vancouver Chapter and upcoming meetingsSouthwest Washington clinicians across the health care spectrum are breaking new ground when it comes to providing pain care.This year, a handful of providers launched the Pain Society of Washington — Vancouver Chapter, the first group of its kind in Washington state. The objective of the pain society is to allow providers to make connections with others who have different specialties and to learn how they provide care for patients in pain.“It creates a community rather than separate individual people you refer to,” said Dr. Jill Fancher, co-chairwoman of the Vancouver chapter and a psychologist at Evergreen Behavioral Health. “It’s getting to know more than the title.”The pain society is a professional group for clinicians in any health specialty. The local group’s meeting earlier this month included family practitioners, interventional pain specialists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists and physical therapists, among others.The Pain Society of Washington falls under the umbrella of the Western Pain Society, which represents 13 western states. The local group is modeled after the Pain Society of Oregon, which has had chapters in Eugene since 1998 and Portland since 2005. Another chapter in Bend, Ore., will hold its first meeting next month.“Before (Vancouver), the whole Western Pain Society was Oregon,” said Shannon Wilson, secretary of the local chapter and spine care coordinator for PeaceHealth Southwest Brain & Spine Center.last_img

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