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Businessman and former councillor, Steve Dechan, is the owner of Gloucestershire-based Platform-14, a leading industry supplier specialising in medical devices for those suffering with chronic pain difficulties.

The global market for pain management is estimated to grow to a value of $52 billion by 2022. Steve Dechan aims for Platform-14 become the world leader in combatting chronic pain, and is constantly on the search for the best devices and services to work towards doing so.

About Steve Dechan

Born in Scotland and raised in Glasgow, Steve Dechan learned the values of customer service, retail, and hard work from a young age. Steve’s early life saw him work in sales, insurance, and later commercial banking. 

Steve’s first venture into his own business was establishing the UK’s 2nd largest student and travel insurer, which he later sold. Following a break, he then took his first steps into the medical world by investing in a start-up urology business.

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Recent Articles

Chronic Pain: An Outline of the Basics

Chronic Pain: An Outline of the Basics By Steve Dechan Everyone knows what it means to experience physical pain. But what is pain really? Well the brain and nerves inside the spine (spinal nerves) make up the central nervous system and the spinal nerves carry messages from the body to the brain to tell it …

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Pain, Covid and the growing waiting lists

Pain, Covid and the growing waiting lists By Steve Dechan Chronic pain is currently defined as any persistent pain lasting three months or longer. By that definition, there are currently 28 million adults are living with chronic pain.(1) That’s a huge number of people and given that many of these individuals are waiting for treatment …

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My Musings on Use of Opioids for Pain Management in the UK

My Musings on Use of Opioids for Pain Management in the UK By Steve Dechan What are opioids? If you search for the word, google will tell you that ‘Opioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs’. They work by attaching to receptors found on cells in different parts of the body. This stops the …

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Our Increasingly Inactive Lifestyles Are Causing Chronic Pain

Our Increasingly Inactive Lifestyles Are Causing Chronic Pain By Steve Dechan Over the last few decades, we have seen an ongoing shift towards more sedentary lifestyles. Given our service-based economy, most jobs in Britain are now done on computers. As a result, a large percentage of people in our country sit in the same place …

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Chronic pain in developing countries

Chronic pain in developing countries By Steve Dechan The epidemic of chronic pain in western countries is a well-documented issue. According to NICE, between a third and a half of the UK population were suffering with chronic pain in 2018.(1) However, while the issue of chronic pain is not being dealt with appropriately in the …

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English Opioid Inequality

English Opioid Inequality By Steve Dechan Chronic pain is a worldwide problem, and the burden it places on our society is constantly increasing. In 2018, the USA’s annual cost of chronic pain was estimated to exceed US$500 billion, while UK estimates suggest it costs the economy around £12 billion per year. In response to this problem, treatment …

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