What Physical Therapy Can Do For You

Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed health care professionals who can help you reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. PTs can teach you how to prevent or manage your condition so that you will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Physical therapy is a fantastic treatment option for those suffering from acute or persistent pain. October is National Physical Therapy month and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will carry on raising awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain. At Twin Cities Pain Clinic (TCPC), we incorporate physical therapy as an option of treatment for our patients.

We are happy to offer in-house physical therapy options. Our physical therapist, Maureen Henderson, specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Maureen has been with TCPC for over a decade. She is highly trained in physical therapy for pain management as well as postural restoration. Maureen collaborates with our pain management providers to coordinate a plan of care which may include physical therapy along with the patient’s medical intervention.

Physical therapy can help people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function. When it comes to pain, physical therapists are not only experts in treating pain, but also its source. They will look for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to the places that hurt. They will then treat those areas with certain exercises to ease pain and help you move better.

In honor of Physical Therapy month, here are 10 ways that it may benefit you.

1. Reduce or eliminate pain
2. Avoid Surgery
3. Improve mobility
4. Recover from a stroke
5. Recover from or prevent a sports injury
6. Improve your balance and prevents falls
7. Manage diabetes and vascular conditions
8. Manage age-related issues
9. Manage heart and lung disease
10. Manage women’s health and other conditions

According to the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, this type of treatment benefits not just the physical body. It is concerned with identifying and maximizing the quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation, and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing. Treating pain takes teamwork. At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we are happy Maureen is part of that team.

Employee Spotlight: Sarah

Meet Sarah, Project Coordinator at Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Surgery Center. Sarah was nominated by her fellow employees for always being so helpful and quick to respond when there is any IT issue or questions in general. Sarah always has a positive attitude and is patient and thorough whenever we need help! Thank you for all you do Sarah!

What is your position / What are your daily responsibilities?

Project Coordinator – Operations/IT department
I am here to help with anything IT related: phones, printers, computers, etc. I am always happy to answer questions, help with troubleshooting issues, or provide training on IT functions.

How long have you been with TCPC/TCSC?

November will be my two year anniversary with TCPC/TCSC.

What are some of your hobbies?

Anything I can do with my dog – hiking, biking, traveling!

What is your favorite thing about working at TCPC/TCSC?

I work with some really great people, and I appreciate the positive energy they bring each and every day.



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!

Opioid Epidemic: A Public Health Crisis

In October 2017, the President of the United States declared the opioid epidemic a public health crisis. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were over 60,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016. That is more than 100 fatal overdoses every day. This number far exceeds the annual loss from traffic fatalities. In Minnesota alone, there were 396 opioid related deaths in 2016. This number has been on a steady rise since 2010. In Hennepin County, the most populous county in the state, a record number of people died from opioid related overdoses last year.

According to 2016 data from the National Center for Health Statistics, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. Death by opioids includes pain relievers, synthetic opioids, and illegal substances such as heroin and cocaine. Minnesota has an Opioid Action Plan in place, but there is room for all of us to do our part.

At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we are fighting the opioid epidemic by offering a variety of ways to help manage pain. Opioids do have their place in pain management and we make sure our patients are educated and empowered to follow a safe, monitored regime. What makes Twin Cities Pain Clinic different is the advanced technology we use in our treatment options. We are replacing opioids with cutting-edge treatment options to offer a safe, more effective outcome with less side effects.

We have made it our mission at Twin Cities Pain Clinic to help you get back to living your life with less pain. Our team of specialized providers combine compassion with extensive medical knowledge and the most recent technology to give you the best treatment in pain management possible. From the time you check in to our office until you leave, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of healthcare while treating your pain.

We provide medication management along with many other services such as spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal pain pump, DRG stimulation, injection procedures, mild procedure, and physical therapy to help you get back to living a life with less pain. The pain specialists at Twin Cities Pain Clinic use a collaborative approach to find the best treatment to manage pain for our patients. Through education and continued efforts, we hope to help decrease the rise in opioid related deaths with cutting edge treatment options.

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Twin Cities Pain Clinic Announces Clinical Research Team

September 26, 2018 – Edina, Minnesota, USA – Twin Cities Pain Clinic recently announced the addition of their Clinical Research Team. Twin Cities Pain Clinic is a center of excellence for comprehensive pain management in Minnesota. The company serves patients from across Minnesota with 4 clinic locations in the metro area. The Twin Cities Pain Clinic’s Clinical Research Team focuses on research that with help to improve patient outcomes.

The Twin Cities Pain Clinic recently started a study involving spinal cord stimulation. “We are pleased to be able to provide this added service to help advance science,” states Dr. Andrew Will, medical director at the Twin Cities Pain Clinic. The research team consists of Dr. Will, medical director at the Twin Cities Pain Clinic, Karen Trutnau, nurse practitioner and clinical research coordinator, Megan Rieb, registered nurse, and Allison McElveen, both clinical research assistants.

“We are actively seeking research opportunities for our clinic and look forward to presenting these opportunities to our patients as they become available,” notes Dr. Will. This endeavor illustrates Twin Cities Pain Clinic’s commitment to improving patient care through the advancement of science and medicine. Please contact research@tcpain.com for more information.

Twin Cities Pain Clinic: 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 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.

Exercise and physical activity have great benefits that aide with relief. Increase your physical activity to prevent joint pain and injuries. Twin Cities Pain Clinic shares the top reasons why you need exercise, straight from the pain management specialists.

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!