Twin Cities Pain Clinic: 5K

TWIN CITIES PAIN CLINIC & SURGERY CENTER HOST FIRST ANNUAL PAIN AWARENESS 5K

September 22, 2018 – Edina, Minnesota, USA – To celebrate September as Pain Awareness Month, Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Surgery Center held their first annual Pain Awareness 5k. Staff members, along with their family and friends, laced up their running shoes for a fun run/walk to help the cause of raising pain awareness! Proceeds were donated to the American Chronic Pain Association.

“The purpose of this event is to bring people together to raise awareness on a subject that is easily overlooked in the healthcare industry, pain!” says Lish Thrall, Administrative Coordinator and main chairman of the events committee. “Pain management is such an important subject when we are looking at improving quality of life. It is our goal to educate and empower our patients, as well as their families, to take control of their pain – it’s truly life changing!”

The race started and finished in the parking lot of the Twin Cities Pain Clinic’s main campus in Edina. After the race, participants were invited to tour the clinic’s facilities. Representatives from leading medical device companies such as Medtronic, Nevro, Boston Scientific, and Abbott were available to share the latest ground-breaking technology in pain therapies.

For more information on Twin Cites Pain Clinic and our treatment options please call 952-841-2345.
For more information on Pain Awareness Month & The American Chronic Pain Association please visit www.acpa.com.

Employee Spotlight: Karen

Meet Karen, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Karen was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for being humble, kind, and providing an extremely high level of care for her patients. Karen is always willing to help her teammates and provides great energy to the team. Thank you for all you do!

What is your role at TCPC/TCSC?

I am a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center and I provide direct care to people living in pain who wish to seek a better quality of life via surgical or procedural interventions. Ensuring the safely and comfort of our patients is the primary role of all registered nurses in our facility.

How long have you been with TCSC?

Two months and counting.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to go, go, go! My favorite thing to do is to take in some live music and good food. My husband and I love all genres: jazz, funk, punk, ska... we're in! I also have fun taking my 12 year old step-son to historical sites and museums. He's a great travel companion. Loren and LeHandra round out the family and I am happy to report will be turning me into a grandmother for the first time come December!

What is your favorite thing about working at TCSC?

My favorite thing is the exceptional care that the physicians, nurses, radiologic technologists, and front desk administrators provide our patients and each other. This is clearly a team that is passionate about what we do, and I love being part of that!

 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Exercise to Ease Pain

Exercise may be the last thing you want to do if you experience persistent pain, but it can be one of the best things you can do to help manage your symptoms. Remember, exercise is medicine! Inactivity causes muscles and joints to weaken over time, but exercise can help those with persistent pain regain strength and increase energy.

1. Regular Exercise keeps your joints moving. It is important to keep joints moving, especially damaged joints, as it helps maintain mobility and flexibility. Flexibility is important for completing everyday activities with ease. Getting out of bed, lifting groceries and vacuuming the floor require a certain level of flexibility, which, if not attended to regularly, will deteriorate with age.

2. Staying active is good for your mental health. Many patients with persistent pain struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues because it is difficult to live a life as you once did. Staying active can help boost self-esteem and help you take control of your physical health and pain levels. Exercising with friends is even better! Find a friend or family member to exercise with for added motivation.

3. Regular exercise helps keep muscles strong. Having strong muscles helps to support your spine. This extra support helps prevent stress and strain injuries. Not only does it keep muscles strong, exercise improves the strength of your tendons and ligaments. Stronger muscles and tendons help hold the body in proper alignment and protect the bones and joints when under impact. Having strong muscles around your spine helps cushion daily movements and to support your weight.

4. Regular physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight can add to back pain, joint pain and muscle strain. In addition to muscle strain, spinal structures such as discs can be negatively impacted by obesity. You may experience sciatica and low back pain from a herniated disc or a pinched nerve if the discs have been damaged from compensating for the extra weight. By making healthy nutrition choices and staying active you can help to maintain a healthy weight.

Low-impact exercises are great for those who experience joint or muscle pain as these workouts are typically easy on the body. Most trainers define low-impact exercises as motions where one foot stays on the ground at all times. Low-impact exercises are a great way to get in a heart-pumping workout while reducing the risk of injury.

Some great examples of low-impact exercises are stretching, walking, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, pilates, biking, and weight lifting.

Before starting any exercise routine, you should always consult your provider first.

Employee Spotlight: Kristen

Meet Kristen, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Kristen was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for always going above and beyond to help both her fellow staff members and her patients. Kristen always has a positive attitude and continues to improve her excellent nursing skills. Thank you for all you do!

What is your role at TCPC/TCSC?

I am a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center and I work with a stellar team caring for patients with chronic pain. I have learned the roles of Pre-Operative, Circulating, Scrub, and Post-Operative nursing.

How long have you been with TCSC?

I have been with TCSC for four months!

What are some of your hobbies?

My husband Adam and I love to travel-- our bucket list of places to visit is pretty lengthy. My two little boys and I are often on the hunt for the best parks and playgrounds on the weekends.

What is your favorite thing about working at TCSC?

I really enjoy the staff! Each staff member has welcomed me with open arms and I sincerely look forward to working with them everyday!

 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Employee Spotlight: Abbie

Meet Abbie, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Abbie was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for always going above and beyond the task at hand. Abbie is a great patient advocate and dedicates her days to providing the highest level of care to her patients. Thank you for all you do!

What is your role at TCPC? 

I'm a Registered Nurse and I work in the Resource RN department. My daily responsibilities include managing our intrathecal pain pump patients. I process all pump orders and order medications to be used for pump fills. I assist with pump fills a few days a week, including assisting with satellite pump fills in Maple Grove. I also assist with pump fills a few days a week, including assisting with satellite pump fills in Maple Grove. I also assist with triaging phone calls, assisting with Toradol injections, and drawing up botox. I'm also available for any additional help other departments may need. 

How long have you been with TCPC?

I started worked with TCPC in November of 2017. 

What are some of your hobbies?

Earlier this summer I discovered the joy of Pilates and I've been hooked ever since. I also love going on walks with my little lady, Ava, and my husband, Steve. Netflix, of course, is always a favorite past time as is reading a good book.

What is your favorite thing about working at TCPC?

I enjoy many things about working in the TCPC environment. I've met some incredibly bright and talented people I'm very lucky to work side by side with. We have a very friendly atmosphere that makes it easy to work in. I enjoy coming to work and staying busy and then going home and having that separation and balance between work and personal life. 

 

 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!