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Pain Geeks is a global community of supportive and welcoming clinicians and thinkers.

A place to explore new and classic resources about pain, connect with others and find support with integrating this information with your existing understanding.

Strip away the frills and we are simply a group of clinicians passionate about understanding this thing we call pain and dedicated to drawing on philosophy, science, rehabilitation and the humanities to help inform our skillset to supporting people experiencing pain. 

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About Pain Geeks

"We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow."

Malala Yousafzia

Our mission

The Journal Club 

Access the themed monthly readings here. Every month we curate our readings based on a theme connected to pain. As these themes repeat every year, it allows us to really dive deep into each topic and broaden our understanding of pain in a varied multifaceted way. Here you will see what we are currently reading as well as what wee have read. This is our library!

The Book Club

These are the slower reads of the year. The reads to nurture your soul! Every year we choose 4 books alongside our monthly readings. Adding books to our reading list allows us to read even wider and explore beyond the articles or the research. Each book is dedicated to a quarter of the year, letting us read it slowly and indulge in the literature. At the end of each quarter we wrap up the book club with a discussion to share our thoughts with each other and learn about the perspectives of others. The discussions are recorded and are put up on the platform for you to enjoy at your leisure. Here are some of the books we have already read or are reading now.

The Pain Geeks Blog

Follow along here to read monthly blogs based on the journal club articles, the monthly themes about pain, various perspectives about reading and learning about pain and research, how to "Pain Geek", and reflections on discussions, the books we read or the humanities pieces we engage with. 

Patient is the Opposite of Agent

Nov 21, 2022

Truth in a post-truth world

Nov 07, 2022

Theme announcement: Exploring Causation

Nov 01, 2022

Our regular contributors...

Links to their column pages so you can find all their writing in one place

How is our reading community structured?

Themed Readings

New readings every month exploring a particular topic in pain research and developing our understanding. Check out the categories above to access the library!

The Book Club

Read along with us as we make our way through the piles of pain books on nightstands around the world - we know you have them!

Monthly community discussions 

Structured community discussions with other Pain Geeks from around the world. Together we explore our readings and sharing our thoughts.

Discussions with researchers in the field of pain

We meet regularly with pain experts and leading researchers to film discussions for you to enjoy at your leisure. 


Discussion forum

This is a dedicated space for you to connect and discuss with other members in between the monthly discussions. 

Pain Geek

"This is just what I've been looking for! Thanks!"

We can't do the reading for you..

...but we can help you navigate the tidal wave of information out there.

Let us structure your reading, pick out foundational work and exciting new work. 

As clinicians, we have all struggled with knowing what to read next and which texts to prioritise when time is pressed.

Let us shoulder that burden for you!

Every month we will curate a mix of resources for you and through our regular discussion groups share the load of interpreting and understanding them.


In our hearts, we are a reading community.

We want to connect thinkers and clinicians from all around the world that are looking to explore and understand the problem of pain deeply.

We have all felt like the odd one out in clinical meetings, like we are part of a team that are only looking at pain and rehabilitation options through one perspective.

If this sounds like you, then we are your people.

Online Curated Library

We have curated all of our resources for you in an online platform.

Entering Pain Geeks is like entering into a digital library where you can search by author, topic and Pain Geeks month.


"I love that all the monthly readings connect and challenge my thinking in new and interesting ways."

"The discussions have become a regular in my diary! Great to meet and discuss with like-minded people"

"I always wanted to read like this but found it hard to do by myself. The structure has supported me to keep reading regularly. "

Join our community!

Become a member to get unlimited access to our  recordings, future discussions, and workshops.

If you want to join our community but €5 is too much at this time, email us at [email protected] and we will give you a free 1-year subscription - no questions asked.

Place: "Free 1-year subscription request" in your email subject and include your first and last name, and the country you are joining us from (so we know who's in the community).

Member pledge

€5-10 per month

Annual option available

  • "How to Pain Geek" 1x workshop per year to develop your reading skills
  • Structured and supported reading experience
  • Unlimited access to discussions with creators, researchers, writers and pain ambassadors.
  • Unlimited access to all previous recorded discussions
  • Discover new researchers in the field of pain
  • Exclusive access to our community of Pain Geeks to discuss readings, themes and ideas
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