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About GPA

A group of dedicated medical experts and other professionals with deep compassion saw a need for an organization providing those suffering from chronic pain and their caregivers with support, resources, advice, and community. We envisioned a non-profit charity “go-to” in the field of chronic pain. We subsequently found and built the Global Pain Association.

The mission of the Global Pain Association (GPA) is helping people with pain improve their quality of life through education, resources, and community. The goal is helping individuals and their caregivers find alternatives to opioids to manage their pain through our core values and resources.

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Our History

2018

GPA established as a 501(C)(3) organization and began planning for future in-person seminars for hundreds of people living with chronic pain, their families, and caregivers. Physicians and volunteers from the greater San Antonio area volunteered their time, expertise, and resources on various topics with opportunities for Q&A from the attendees.

2019

GPA held its first large-scale, in-person event (125 attendees) at the LaQuinta Hotel Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, with a focus on new therapies for pain such as CBD and Ketamine, acupuncture, chiropractic practices, meditation, yoga, physical therapy, and mental health support. Nineteen (19) vendors financially supported and attended the event. Attendees received a catered lunch, swag bags, and an opportunity to win door prizes. 

2020 - 2022

In-person events were prohibited when the pandemic hit. GPA rapidly pivoted to continue helping chronic pain sufferers by creating and broadcasting GPALive!, an online show on pain. Individual segments of GPALive! became a weekly Saturday virtual program. 59 total segments reached 96,211 people and 34,203 views between YouTube and Facebook. Videos remain posted on the GPA website, Facebook, and YouTube.

2022

In September 2022, GPA held the “2022 GPA Health and Hope Symposium” conference at the NuStar Energy Events Center in San Antonio, Texas. Key topics included:
▪ Mental health and chronic pain
▪ New technologies for treatment of chronic pain
▪ Pain hero stories
▪ Live yoga demonstrations
▪ Nutrition and medicinal herbs
▪ Acupuncture
▪ PRP and stem cell treatments

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