Sandip Sekhon is the founder of and CEO of the Pathways Pain App.
His own experience with repetitive strain injury inspired him to produce the Pathways app with the goal of helping others who are experiencing persistent pain.
Sandip experienced debilitating chronic pain in both arms and wrists ten years ago while building his online businesses and taking care of his young family. The condition was disabling to the extent that he eventually became unable to type at his computer, and had great difficulty lifting his children. After spending a great deal of time and money visiting physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and massage therapists, desperate for relief from his symptoms, Sandip had surgery on both his arms at the same time. Following his recovery from surgery, Sandip was dismayed to find that his pain returned exactly the same as before. This was a very challenging time for Sandip, but his family encouraged him to see yet another specialist. He found himself with a physiotherapist who told him something very different to everything he had heard before;
She said: “there’s nothing structurally or mechanically wrong with your arms… your pain system has become sensitized”.
This new information was the start of a journey of discovery and recovery for Sandip. He began reading widely on the topic of pain science, including the work of Lorimer Moseley and David Butler and internet resources on central sensitization. He also began practicing visualisation exercises taught by Michael Moskowicz MD.
His own learning about pain science, and his own recovery which he attributes to changing his own thoughts and understandings about pain, led eventually to Sandip developing the Pathways App which he hopes will help others to overcome their own chronic pain.