Originally set up in 2003 as a simple email list serving a handful of members in the south west, Pain Talk has evolved into an active, viable, online community attracting a wide range of users from across the UK and beyond.
From its original user base of just seven members Pain Talk has gained rapidly in popularity, and the website achieved over 100,000 visits in 2006.
Pain Talk has encouraged and supported ongoing communication between pain management specialists and other professionals with an interest in pain management, from across the UK, many of whom work in comparative isolation from others performing similar roles.
The site has allowed the pooling and sharing of ideas, questions, and comments, as well as allowing the sharing of specialist articles, links and resources.
The inclusion of a 'what's on?' section allows users to publicise events, meetings, and conferences free of charge.
One of Pain Talk's strengths is that it actively invites contributions from a wide range of professional groups, promoting multidisciplinary discussion and interaction.
Pain Talk is run by nurses on a not-for-profit basis, and offers a free registration process for anyone with an active interest in the treatment of pain-related conditions.