• Silhouette of woman with outstretched arms facing rising summer sunDo Heat and Humidity Affect Chronic Pain?
    Summer has not quite arrived, and already we are experiencing 90+ degree days and high humidity. These conditions are hard to handle for just about anyone, but if you suffer from chronic pain, it can be an especially challenging time. Why Does Weather Affect Pain? You may have heard someone warn of …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation implant placement illustrationSpinal Cord Stimulation – A Review
    At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we continually strive to pursue the most advanced treatments for patients with chronic pain.  Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) has been an increasingly popular and effective drug-free alternative for pain management. But have you ever wondered what a spinal cord stimulator …
  • Page Banner-Shelter in Place-Pain Relief TipsPain Relief Tips While Sheltering in Place
    The current COVID-19 outbreak has created unprecedented challenges for all of us. New terms like “social distancing” and “sheltering in place” have suddenly entered our social consciousness and become the new norm. While these behaviors are critically important to prevent the spread of the virus …
  • Telemedicine Cartoon Banner ImageThe Rise of Telemedicine
    As the world changes and technology continues to advance, the delivery of healthcare services has also changed rapidly in an effort to keep up. Along with pursuing the best quality care, the focus of many healthcare providers has progressed toward delivering that quality care in the most …
  • Twin-Cities-Pain-Clinic-Physician-Dr-Andrew-WillA Message from Twin Cities Pain Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Will Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    Providing our patients with a truly exceptional experience is a commitment we live by each and every day. Our top priority is providing the best possible pain care in an environment that is compassionate, clean and safe. We hold true to this promise, both in good times, and more importantly, in …
  • Frank Kallstrom-Twin Cities Pain Clinic patient-Pain pump recipientPaying it Forward to Save Lives
    An intrathecal pain pump helped save Frank Kallstrom’s life. But what he did next is is nothing short of incredible. Some people pay it forward by buying coffee or paying tolls for strangers. Frank Kallstrom pays it forward by offering strangers another chance at life. Our friend Frank can be …
  • Medtronic DTM Spinal Cord Stimulator-First Trial in MNMinnesota’s First Medtronic DTM™ SCS Trial
    On February 18, 2020, Dr. Andrew Will, Medical Director of Twin Cities Pain Clinic, along with our super talented surgical team, performed a trial procedure of the new Medtronic DTM™ spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system. This was the first DTM™ trial performed in the state of …
  • Spinal-cord-stimulator-device-for-back-painSpinal Cord Stimulation – Drug-Free Pain Relief
    What is spinal cord stimulation? Spinal cord stimulation therapy is an advanced technique for treating chronic pain. The therapy relies on a device named a spinal cord stimulator. The device emits mild electrical pulses to stimulate nerves and interrupt pain signals from reaching the brain. Spinal …
  • Burnsville Surgery Center Exterior2019 In Review – Part 5: Burnsville Surgery Center
    Back in 2016, we opened the doors of our first ambulatory surgery center in Edina, MN. Since then, Twin Cities Surgery Center has become a huge part of our organization, allowing us to provide our patients with convenient access to a much wider range of pain treatment options, all under one roof. …
  • Image depicting common pain points on the bodyLiving with Fibromyalgia
    What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia (pronounced: fi-bro-my-al-gee-uh) is a disorder that causes pain in your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. Unlike pain cause by injuries or illness, fibromyalgia can cause pain for little or  no reason. Fibromyalgia is thought to result from an imbalance …
  • Twin Cities Transportation Van-Twin Cities Pain Clinic2019 in Review – Part 4: A Bit of Everything
    Today we’re highlighting several big 2019 upgrades. They include the launch of our own transportation service, improving access to care with our mobile check in feature, and completing the first of several remodeling projects! Twin Cities Transportation We bought a van! In July, Twin Cities …
  • Feed My Starving Children-Group Photo-Twin Cities Pain Clinic Outreach2019 In Review – Part 3: Outreach
    TCPC Gives Back – 2019 Charity and Community Outreach Initiatives The Twin Cities Pain Clinic team is a generous bunch, and that generosity was on full display in 2019. From food drives to fundraisers, and even making gifts from scratch to donate, there was no shortage of joy and good will to …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic-logo image2019 in Review – Part 2: PACT
    In July of 2019, we made a commitment to further improving the health and well-being of our patients. Twin Cities Pain Clinic partnered with the Personalized Activated Care and Training program, known as PACT for short. We understand the impact of pain does not always end within the walls of our …
  • Ice pack on knee to relieve acute painWhat is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
    How is pain defined? Understanding the answer to this simple question can help you and your doctor find the best way to treat your pain. The first step is defining the common types of pain: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute Pain Acute pain is pretty much any pain that lasts less than three months. …
  • 2019 Year in Review-Banner Image2019 In Review – Part 1: Provider Growth
    2020 – it’s the start of a new year and a new decade. Everyone is settled back in after the holidays and ready to hit the ground running. We’re all looking ahead to the coming year and planning for how we’re going to improve over the year before. It turns out this is going to be quite the challenge …
  • Blankets and Bags 2019-Twin Cities Pain Clinic OutreachHoliday Blankets, Cards and Bags
    A bunch of super cool members of the Twin Cities Pain Clinic team showed their charitable side last week. With the holidays just around the bend, these gallant givers made the season a bit warmer and more cheerful for those in need. The team made some very comfy tie blankets, beautiful gift bags …
  • Boxes of Food Donations-November 2019 Food Drive-Twin Cities Pain Clinic Outreach2019 TCPC Fall Food Drive
    This November, Twin Cities Pain Clinic hosted a food drive in support of Second Harvest Heartland. Non perishable food items and monetary gifts were collected and donated to help people in need. Our team really stepped up and showed their generosity! 238 pounds of food donated $200 in monetary …
  • Vivian Ngongang-DNP-Twin Cities Pain Clinic-ProvidersTwin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes A New Provider
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic is pleased to welcome Vivian Ngongang Ogunyemi, DNP! Vivian is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and will see patients at our clinic in Edina. Get to know Vivian! Vivian Ngongang Ogunyemi, DNP Clinical Interests Patient education Interventional techniques Board Certifications …
  • Sciatica Word Cloud ImageSciatica in a Nutshell
    Sciatica is one of the most common causes of pain, with as many as 40% of people experiencing it at some point. It can range from a short-lived annoyance to a severe, debilitating disruption of everyday life. The good news is that there are care and treatment options that can relieve and sometimes …
  • Twin-Cities-Pain-Clinic-Doctor-Anne-Kokayeff-MDDr. Anne Kokayeff is DRG Certified!
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic is proud to announce that Dr. Anne Kokayeff is now certified to perform Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulator implant surgeries. To illustrate why this is a huge deal, here’s a quick crash course: The DRG is a bundle of nerves located in between the vertebrae that extend …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic Provider-Kjerstin Durie, PA-CTwin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes Two New Providers
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic is pleased to welcome its two newest providers to the team! Kjerstin Durie is a Certified Physician Assistant and will be seeing patients at our clinic in Woodbury. Mattew K. Gannott is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and will travel to all four of our clinic locations to …
  • Sheila & Kevin O'Leary-Becker's ASC Annual Meeting 2019Twin Cities Pain Clinic at Becker’s ASC 26th Annual Meeting
    Our Practice Administrator, Sheila Thompson, proudly represented Twin Cities Pain Clinic at the Becker’s ASC 26th Annual Meeting in Chicago from October 24-26. Becker’s Healthcare publishes resource materials for leaders in several medical fields. Among them is Becker’s ASC …
  • Abstract cloud of migraine related imagesThe Migraine Headache Guide
    FACT: Migraines headaches are painful, irritating, inconvenient and really just no fun at all. Aside from that, how much do you really know about migraines? What are they? Where do they come from? Why do we get them? How does one make them go away? Get ready to have all your questions answered, …
  • Cartoon image of a rake shovel and falling leavesTips for Pain-Free Raking this Fall
    What does Fall mean to you? Gorgeous colors, the crisp, cool air, football, pumpkin spice everything? Whatever the case, there is one thing that pretty much everyone thinks about when Autumn arrives – raking leaves. Whatever your opinion on raking, one thing is certain: It is not a quick and …
  • Understanding Headaches & Migraines
    Headaches & Migraines No matter who you are, you’ve probably experienced a few headaches in your life. It’s one of the most common reasons that keep people from going to work. Chronic primary headaches however, are a disease all their own. They are often triggered in normally …
  • StimWave system-product images-peripheral nerve stimulationPeripheral Nerve Stimulation
    Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is a treatment Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers to patients suffering from chronic pain. The benefit of peripheral nerve stimulation is that it can target nerves all over the body, instead of just those located in the spinal cord region. Stimulation can result in …
  • Spinal-Cord-Stimulation-Patient-and-DoctorHow Vince Got His Life Back With Spinal Cord Stimulation
    “For many years I was getting by, but never truly able to live.” The words of Vince, a patient at Twin Cities Pain Clinic, regarding the pain he had been experiencing for over a decade. In 2004 Vince underwent a microdiscectomy in his low back. A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to …
  • All About Osteoperosis
    Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle. They can become so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over, or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist, or spine. Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” When you look …
  • Map spread out on car dashboardHow to Survive a Road Trip with Persistent Pain
    If you have persistent back or neck pain, riding in a car for any period of time can be difficult. Riding in a car for an hour or more can be even more challenging. If you have a road trip or long car ride coming up, consider some of the following tips to make the trip as best as it can be. Take …
  • Employee Spotlight: Stacy
    Meet Stacy, Medical Biller at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Stacy was nominated by her fellow staff members for her continued hard work to always get to the root issue on commercial payer claim denials. Stacy is always determined to have claims paid correctly and the A/R be accurate. Thank you for your …
  • Image depicting common pain points on the bodyAll About Arthritis
    There are many different diseases that contribute to the 50 million American’s that experience chronic pain. One of those diseases is arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic in Woodbury, MNOur Woodbury Clinic Has Moved!
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic is excited to help meet the growing need for comprehensive pain management. We understand that when you are in pain, convenience is key. In pursuit of our mission, we are happy to provide excellent care, in a new comfortable location. Our new office location will proudly …
  • Feet and athletic shoes-one shoe causing foot painHow Your Feet Can Contribute to Your Persistent Pain
    Your feet get you from point A to point B, but as you walk I’m sure most of you don’t even notice how you walk. What you might not be aware of, is that your feet can play a significant role in your pain. The way you walk and stand can impact your whole body. According to Dr. Positano, director of …
  • Employee Spotlight: Crystal
    Meet Crystal, Medical Assistant at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Crystal was nominated by her fellow staff members for always going out of her way to help patients in any way she can. This winter she has helped brush snow off of patients cars and is always so kind to the patients she helps. Crystal …
  • How Botox Can Help In Pain Management
    What is used to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles can also help with chronic pain control, including back and nerve pain. Pain management and other alternative uses for Botox have shown how versatile and effective the treatment is. What is Botox? Botulinum Toxin (Botox) was originally approved by …
  • Close up illustration of DRG stimulator placement in the human bodyWhat is DRG stimulation?
    Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation is a type of therapy that provides relief from chronic neuropathic pain or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Neuropathic pain results from damage to or malfunction of nerves, which send pain signals to the brain. The peripheral nervous system includes all …
  • TCPC Welcomes Nancy Nyongesa, DNP, FNP
    Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our newest Burnsville provider! "I have 5 years of experience in pain management as a nurse practitioner. I strongly believe in positive patient-provider relationship and shared decision-making." "I am mother to two handsome boys. When I am not with …
  • Employee Spotlight: Ieasha
    Meet Ieasha, Patient Service Representative at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Ieasha was nominated by her fellow staff members for always going above and beyond with the patients she encounters. Ieasha continues to demonstrate exceptional customer service to the patients she helps. Your hard work does …
  • Pain-patient-holding-lower-backAll About Sciatica
    40% of people will experience sciatica during their life, ranking it one of the most common causes of persistent pain. “People who suffer from acute or chronic back pain tend to be more susceptible to sciatica,” says Dr. Jeffrey N. Katz, professor of medicine and orthopedic surgery at Harvard …
  • Employee Spotlight: Collin
    Meet Collin, Clinical Assistant at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Collin was nominated by his fellow staff members for always providing the highest quality of patient care and customer service. Collin is great with the patients and always has a great attitude at work. Your hard work does not go …
  • Employee Spotlight: Iris
    Meet Iris, Patient Services Representative at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Iris was nominated by her fellow staff members for going above and beyond with the patients she helps. She takes the time to get to know patients and makes sure they have everything they need and are ready for their appointment …
  • Image of elderly woman with pain doctorHow to Have the Conversation With Your Doctor about Your Pain
    When it comes to back and neck pain, there are few definitive tests that can accurately measure and diagnose it. Using an objective testing method such as an MRI or CT scan is not very helpful. Pain levels fluctuate, in terms of timing, intensity, and quality. Objective methods make it difficult to …
  • Employee Spotlight: Kristin
    Meet Kristin, Intake & Eligibility Representative at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Kristin was nominated by her fellow staff members for her dedication to her job. Kristin came in with such a positive attitude and willingness to learn. Her great personality is a wonderful addition to the team! Thank …
  • Collection of fruits and vegetables that help relieve painThe Best and Worst Foods for Persistent Pain
    Certain types of food can cause inflammation in the body. When consuming these inflammatory causing foods for a long period of time, one’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and pain syndromes increase. Chronic inflammation can even raise your risk of certain cancers and Alzheimer’s …
  • Employee Spotlight: Annushka
    Meet Annushka, Intake & Eligibility Peer Trainer at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Annushka was nominated by her fellow staff members for her continued dedication to her job and helping new employees learn in the best way for them. She is a great team player and helps out anyone whenever they need …
  • When to Use Ice or Heat on an Injury
    Ice or heat? There is a lot of confusion around the topic of when to use ice on an injury or heat.  Using ice or heat is a cheap, easy, and safe treatment option to help with many common issues. The question is, when do you use heat and when do you use ice. Ice is for injuries. Using ice helps calm …
  • What Exactly is Degenerative Disc Disease?
    First, let’s understand your spine. Your spine is made up of 24 bones, called vertebrae. Muscles and ligaments connect these bones to the spinal column. The many muscles that connect to the spinal column help support the upright posture of the spine and move the spine. The spinal column is what …
  • Employee Spotlight: Pa Ta
    Meet Pa Ta, Medical Assistant at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Pa Ta was nominated by her fellow staff members for her continued willingness to help and always having a great attitude. Pa Ta is always willing to help others to make sure the day runs smoothly. Thank you for all you do Pa Ta! What is your …
  • Tech Neck: How to Avoid Neck Pain
    With all that our smartphones and tablets have to offer, we end up spending a lot of time on our devices, whether it's texting, emailing, or researching. Tech neck can begin to take place. Tech neck is a term coined to describe the position of the head and neck when the device is held at the chest …
  • Employee Spotlight: Carly
    Meet Carly, Administrative Assistant at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Carly was nominated by her fellow staff members for her continued effort in helping others and always going above and beyond her expected job duties. Carly always has a smile on her face and is always willing to help others out, it …
  • The Importance of Stretching
    Almost everybody knows that physical activity and exercise are very important. But, what a lot of people don’t know is how important stretching is. There are five components of physical fitness, and flexibility is one of them, with the other four being cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, …
  • Why Persistent Pain Patients Need Quality Sleep
    Does pain make the sleep worse or does poor quality sleep make the pain feel worse? It’s actually both. The subjected intensity of pain decreases when a person is well rested. It is estimated that 50-80% of chronic pain patients report sleep disturbances. The worst is when pain and sleep form a …
  • Get To Know our Radiology Technologists
    Radiologic technologists (rad techs) are the health care professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-ray examinations, magnetic resonance (MRI) scans and computed tomography (CT) scans. Some of them specialize in specific techniques such as cardiovascular-interventional …
  • Employee Spotlight: Bre
    Meet Bre, Administrative Assistant at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Bre was nominated by her fellow staff members for her consistent dedication and hard work. Bre is an instrumental piece for operations at the surgery center. With her able to get preop physicals several days in advance, she gives the …
  • How your Sweet Tooth is Affecting your Persistent Pain
    It is widely known that eating too much sugar causes obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, but did you know that it could be contributing to your muscle and joint pain as well? We all know that sugar is a main ingredient in foods such as candy, cakes, ice cream, and other deserts, but there is also …
  • Employee Spotlight: Pamela-2.0
    Meet Pamela, Medical Assistant, and Medical Assistant Trainer mainly at Twin Cities Pain Clinic in Maple Grove. Pamela was nominated by her fellow employees for always being so flexible with jumping in to help whenever she can to try and keep things on track as well as keeping on top of all her …
  • Sonya’s Story: Great Relief With NEW Mild Treatment
    There are so many simple things in life that we all take for granted when we are not living with persistent pain. For one woman, the sheer act of standing and walking, made her day-to-day life very difficult. Too many Americans live in constant pain every day, where it is taking over their lives. …
  • TCPC Welcomes Peg Maude-Griffin, Ph.D., L.P.
    Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our new clinical psychologist. Peg Maude-Griffin, Ph.D., L.P. “I am committed to helping patients create a self-care plan that will give them confidence in their ability to decrease their pain, restore functioning, and improve their quality of life. …
  • Persistent Pain and Anxiety
    Does anxiety cause pain, or is the pain causing anxiety? (It’s actually both.) Pain can be a common symptom and sometimes a good indicator of an anxiety disorder, particularly generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. GAD occurs when that feeling …
  • Image of common pain points around the bodyKnow Your Pain: The Different Types of Persistent Pain
    Neuropathic Pain Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage to or malfunction of the nerves themselves. The peripheral nervous system includes all the nerves that lead to and from the spinal cord. The nerves transmit pain signals to the brain. If the nerves are injured, neuropathic pain may develop …
  • Employee Spotlight: Laila
    Meet Laila, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Laila was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for consistently displaying the ability to learn new things quickly and adapt/overcome challenges. Laila is always willing to learn and help out when she can. Thank you for all you do! What …
  • Interview with Twin Cities Pain Clinic’s Physical Therapist: Maureen Henderson
    In November, Maureen will be celebrating her 12th year with Twin Cities Pain Clinic. She has been a practicing physical therapist for the past 41 years. Maureen attended college at the University of Colorado. She is a very avid outdoor person. Some of her favorite activities are hiking, swimming …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • CBS: Medtronic Implantable Device Provides Alternative To Opiates
    Click here to read the full story from CBS. …
  • 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. …
  • 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! …
  • Employee Spotlight: Weston
    Meet Weston, an Authorization Specialist for Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Weston was nominated for the employee spotlight for his phenomenal customer service skills. Weston makes sure that every patient receives excellent and convenient service. Thank you for your hard work, Weston!   What is your role …
  • Understanding Radiofrequency Ablation
    What is Radiofrequency Ablation?  Radiofrequency ablation (neurotomy) is a procedure to help relieve pain that originates from the facet joints or your  neck or back. Each bone in your spine is connected by two facet joints on each side. The facet joints allow your spine to bend and rotate. …
  • Employee Spotlight: Jessica
    Meet Jessica, the Spinal Cord Stimulator Coordinator for Twin Cities Pain Clinic & Surgery Center. Jessica was nominated for her close attention to detail. Jessica's work days are devoted to helping our patients through the process of Spinal Cord Stimulator trial and implant. Thank you for …
  • Whiplash: What Other’s May Not Understand
      “You felt fine after the accident. Why are you experiencing pain now?” “My friend recovered from whiplash within a few days. I’m sure it’s all in your head.”   Despite what others may think, whiplash symptoms can indeed be mysterious and evolve over …
  • Employee Spotlight: Shannon
    Meet Shannon, a certified medical biller and coder for Twin Cities Surgery Center and our Employee Spotlight this week! Shannon was nominated  by her supervisor for always going above and beyond to make sure claims are billed properly. Thank you for all of your hard work, Shannon! What is your role …
  • TCPC Welcomes Two New Providers
    Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our newest providers!     Britta Carlson, PA-C  Britta Carlson will be joining the Woodbury clinic as a Certified Physician Assistant. Britta offers her patients wellness and preventative medicine and management of chronic pain. In her spare time she …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes Dr. Travis O’Brien
    Please join us in welcoming our newest physician! Travis O'Brien, MD "Individuals with chronic pain require a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to achieve the best outcomes. This may include therapies, injections, medications, psychologic interventions, and implantable devices. As a …
  • Employee Spotlight: Laura
      Thank you for your hard work, Laura! …
  • Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves
    Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves The spinal cord is the main pathway of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It is a long, fragile, tube-like structure that extends downward from the base of the brain. The cord is protected by the back bones of the spine. Any …
  • Counting Steps to Joint Health
        Counting Steps to Joint Health It is a well-known fact that exercising can help ease the pain associated with arthritis. Walking 10,000 steps a day, which is roughly equivalent to walking 5 miles, is now widely recommended by exercise experts as a target number for improving the average …
  • Employee Spotlight: Linnea
    Thank you for your hard work! …
  • TCPC named a Top Workplace
    TCPC named a Top Workplace by Star Tribune! Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a National Standard Top Workplace by the Star Tribune! The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an internal employee survey. Over 2,000 organizations were invited to participate in …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Explained
  • Employee Spotlight: Kaitlyn
  • Employee Spotlight: Latifah
    Thank you for all of your hard work, Latifah! …
  • Prevent Back Pain on the Golf Course
    Summer is approaching and the golf season is already underway! Unfortunately, too often players have thrown out their clubs due to their persistent pain. Back and wrist pain are among some of the most common complaints from avid golfers. Rotational forces, impact stress, overuse, inadequate …
  • Employee Spotlight: Hailey
    Thank you for all of your hard work, Hailey! …
  • Doctor helping elderly woman with physical therapy.How Does Physical Therapy Treat Pain?
    Physical therapists are experts in identifying the source and treating pain. These specialists look for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding unnecessary pain to the affected areas. Physical therapists are able to compile a unique regimen to ease your pain and help you move better.   …
  • Chronic Pain & Your Loved Ones
    Chronic pain affects a person emotionally, physically, financially and socially. This additional stress can affect our physical and emotional well-being. Chronic pain can leave you feeling isolated and hopeless. Learning how to educate your loved ones is a critical step in taking control of your …
  • Employee Spotlight: Aubrey
      Thank you for all of your hard work, Aubrey! …
  • Is Tech Neck Real?
    Tech Neck Cell phones and tablets are a modern-day convenience that make many things in our day-to-day routine easier for us. Despite the convenience factor, many people would agree that they can be a real pain in the neck, literally. Virtually unheard of 5 years ago, tech neck is a term used to …
  • Benefits of Water Exercise
    Benefits of Water Exercise 1.Strengthens Muscles and Builds Stamina – Aerobics, in general, focuses on large muscles such as those in your limbs. Combine it with water resistance and you’re left with stronger muscles! The force of water from all directions on your body’s surface …
  • Moving From Patient to Person
    *This is a repost from the American Chronic Pain Association* Making the journey from patient to person takes time. The isolation and fear that can overwhelm a person with chronic pain grows over time. And the return to a fuller, more rewarding life also takes time. It’s a journey with many …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Success Story!
  • Illustration of X-ray of Human Body with An Intrathecal Pain Pump ImplantedNEW! Micro-Dosing Intrathecal Pain Pump Therapy
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic Offers New Pain Pump Micro-Dosing Treatment    Twin Cities Pain Clinics have been experts in Intrathecal Therapy for years, but Micro-Dosing is a new option for this pain treatment. Micro-Dosing follows FDA guidelines and requires specific preparation prior to the …
  • When To Seek Pain Management
    When should I seek help for pain management?  Patients suffering from chronic pain should not wait until their pain is so severe that it has begun to affect their lifestyle. Often patients who suffer from a post-surgical or traumatic injury are referred by their surgeon. When the pain persists for …
  • Health coach treating senior female chronic pain patientImproving Quality of Life with Fibromyalgia
    People with fibromyalgia can improve how they feel. “This may seem out of reach when you’re feeling hopeless and depressed, but it’s true,” said Twin Cities Pain Clinic Nurse Practitioner and fibromyalgia specialist, Nancy Cleveland. “The first step is to rule out …
  • Depression and Chronic Pain
    Unlearning Helplessness: Fighting Depression and Staying Optimistic When Dealing With Chronic Pain In the medical and psychological communities, the idea that a sick person’s mental status and stress-coping mechanisms affect their body is hardly new. Years of studies have demonstrated the …
  • Eating Your Way to Reduced Pain
    Food Tips for Chronic Pain Patients With treatment from a pain specialist, physical therapy, and some other lifestyle alterations, chronic pain patients can help keep their pain under control. Research is showing that what we eat can also have an effect on the body’s pain levels – …
  • Preventing Knee Pain
    Keeping your knees agile and pain-free! Minnesotans are known for pushing themselves to the limit in order to make the most of our long summer days – golfing, tennis, water skiing, biking, and running can all take a toll on the knees, especially if you’re middle-aged. Almost one in …
  • Botox Injections for the Treatment of Migraine Headaches
    We’ve all heard of Botox, responsible for generations of smooth foreheads in Hollywood. But Botox has also brought relief to many people who suffer from chronic medical conditions. In 2018 Botox was approved for use with chronic migraine, and many patients are reporting success. What do you …
  • Measuring Your Pain: How Doctors Standardize the Subjective
    Measuring Your Pain: How Doctors Standardize the Subjective Pain is – in its nature – a personal experience. Though it has a definite physical cause, your pain is as subjective as your emotions and identifying its root cause can be difficult without a concrete method of defining it. For …
  • Patient Satisfaction
    Take a look at patient reviews of the doctors and staff at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. We welcome feedback about our team, pain care clinics & surgery center so we can continuously improve processes and the overall experience.    Location: Woodbury Clinic  “I am truly grateful for the …
  • Raymond’s Story
    Raymond Ramirez received a Spinal Cord Stimulator at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Before the procedure, Raymond was extremely limited by his chronic pain.   Raymond Ramierz has some salient advice for other pain patients: Don’t give up the first time you hear a doctor say …
  • Pain Diaries for Chronic Pain
    Why Pain Diaries Work Your doctor needs detailed data to plot out the causes and triggers of your chronic pain and build a treatment plan. When he/she asks how you have been in the past month or two, you need to be ready to provide specifics.  “My back is bothering me worse than ever” …
  • Dr. Will & Dr. Haas Implant New Spectra WaveWriter by Boston Scientific
    On February 6th at Twin Cities Surgery Center, Dr. Andrew Will and Dr. Sherri Haas implanted the first Spectra WaveWriter Neurostimulator system in Minnesota. Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Twin Cities Surgery Center is the first facility in Minnesota to offer the Spectra WaveWriter Spinal Cord …
  • Road-Map to a Better Night’s Sleep
    Road-map to a Better Night’s Sleep More than 60 million Americans suffer from poor sleep quality. Good quality sleep is an important piece of managing your pain. If managing your pain is important to you, it’s time to start looking at your sleep hygiene and methods to improve it. …
  • Intrathecal Pump Refills Offered At All Clinic Locations
    First Pump Refill Performed in our Woodbury Clinic February 1st, 2018 – TCPC Woodbury One of the treatment options that Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers is an Intrathecal Drug Delivery system, or “pain pump.” It is a method of giving medication directly to your spinal cord. The …
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
    Understanding Epidural Steroid Injections Epidural Steroid Injections are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain and leg pain. They have been used for low back problems for many years and are still an integral part of the non-surgical management of sciatica and low back pain. The …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation: Kevin’s Story
    “There’s nothing small about small moments.” Boston Scientific patient, Kevin, shares his story on how Spinal Cord Stimulation helped him regain his life. You don’t have to live in pain, Twin Cities Pain Clinic can help. Call 952-841-2345 to set up a consultation with our …
  • TCPC’s Providers Attend NAN’s Conference
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic’s Providers Attend 2018 NANS Annual Meeting Th North American Neuromodulation Society held it’s 21st annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NANS conference is the world’s largest meeting in the field of modulation! The 2018 meeting offered our providers …
  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet
    Anti-Inflammatory Diet The start of the New Year is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes. After the holiday season, it may seem like a difficult task to get back on track with healthy eating. Changing your diet can be as simple as identifying which healthy foods will help fight …
  • Understanding Fibromyalgia
    Understanding Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a complex pain condition that affects an estimated five million Americans. Fibromyalgia can be one of the most difficult conditions for patients, it negatively impacts their quality of life and often makes the simplest tasks seem difficult.  Patients with …
  • New Year’s Resolutions for a Pain-Free 2018!
    New Year’s Resolutions for a Pain-Free 2018! 1. Put Your Health First – Take good care of yourself. You are not able to care for your family, if you don’t properly take care of yourself first. Make it your goal to surround yourself with individuals who understand your situation …
  • Winter Blues and Chronic Pain
    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Chronic Pain Many Minnesotans suffer from a case of the “winter blues”, but this seasonal depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder can be detrimental to someone suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain can make other conditions, like …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation in the News
    CBS covered a touching story of a mother’s journey after she was sidelined with crippling pain from minor leg surgery. The video below is an excellent example of how Spinal Cord Stimulation can change the lives of many patients suffering from chronic pain.   Click here to read the full …
  • Managing Flares in Your Chronic Pain
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  • Targeted Drug Delivery
    “Besides pain killers, I tried shots, nerve burnings, triggers, and multiple injections, but I was still in agony. I couldn’t vacuum or walk. I just sat in a chair. Now I can finally go shopping again and do the things I want to do.” – Tami Targeted drug delivery is an …
  • Components of a Spinal Cord Stimulator
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  • Keep Pain Away This Thanksgiving
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  • Joint Injections
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  • How Smoking Affects Your Chronic Pain
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  • Dr. Will Implants the New Proclaim DRG Neurostimulator
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  • Dr. Will Presents at the Pain Management Roundtable
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Do Heat and Humidity Affect Chronic Pain?

Summer has not quite arrived, and already we are experiencing 90+ degree days and high humidity. These conditions are hard to handle for just about anyone, but if you suffer from chronic pain, it can be an especially challenging time.

Why Does Weather Affect Pain?

You may have heard someone warn of an approaching storm because they can “feel it in their bones.” Turns out, this is actually a real thing. Drastic changes in weather, like an oncoming storm, or in our case, a sudden and intense heat wave, can cause pain to flare up.

There is no proven scientific consensus as to exactly why this happens, but there are a few prevailing theories.

Changes in temperature and barometric pressure

Changes in temperature and barometric pressure are considered one of the most probable causes of weather-related pain. These changes are thought to increase pain in several ways:

  • Causing joints to swell and then rub against bone
  • Changing the level of fluids that line and lubricate joints
  • Affecting the level of ozone in the air, which may exacerbate certain chronic pain conditions
  • Acting as one of many triggers of hypersensitive conditions like CRPS

Dehydration

Dehydration is anther cause of joint pain. The joint cartilage in our bodies has a high-water content. When the body loses fluid through sweating and is not replenished, dehydration can occur. Dehydration decreases the concentration of fluid in the joints and can agitate existing pain conditions.

How Can I Relieve My Pain in Summer?

Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to beat the heat and avoid pain this summer.

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Stay Cool

Make sure to spend adequate time indoors where you can run a fan or air conditioner to cool your body down. Try to avoid prolonged periods outdoors in the middle of the day, when the sun is at it’s peak strength. Swimming is a great summer activity that provides the benefits of low-impact exercise while keeping your body temperature regulated. When you do go outside, consider bringing something to help you keep cool, such as a handheld misting fan or ice pack.

Stay Healthy

Don’t give the heat and humidity any help. If they can cause inflammation, then your diet should be rich in healthy foods that can reduce inflammation. One good idea is to swap out sugary snacks for fruits that are rich in antioxidants and inflammation fighters, such as fresh berries, melons, and peaches.

Stay Hydrated

It is so important to stay hydrated, especially in the summer when the heat and humidity require increased water intake for your body to function properly. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, and headaches, as well as aggravating chronic pain symptoms. Be sure to carry a bottle of fresh, cold water with you as often as possible so you can replenish your fluids often.

 

Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy the warmth and the sun. If you suffer from chronic pain, don’t let it keep you indoors. With a little planning ahead and the right attitude, you can beat the heat and make the most of your valuable time this summer!

Pain Management at Twin Cities Pain Clinic

The above tips are great ways to temporarily help keep pain at bay, but they are not treatments. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, please contact us. We offer the most advanced and effective treatment options that could significantly reduce or even eliminate persistent pain.

CALL: (952) 841-2345

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References:

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/weather-and-joint-pain

https://www.everydayhealth.com/pain-management/beating-the-heat-with-chronic-pain.aspx

https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-summer-heat-may-worsen-chronic-pain-4140691

Spinal Cord Stimulation – A Review

Spinal Cord Stimulation implant placement illustrationAt Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we continually strive to pursue the most advanced treatments for patients with chronic pain. 

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) has been an increasingly popular and effective drug-free alternative for pain management. But have you ever wondered what a spinal cord stimulator is, or how it works? Today we are going to review and answer some of the most frequently asked SCS questions!

 

  1. How do I know if spinal cord stimulation (SCS) will work for me?
  2. What does spinal cord stimulation feel like?
  3. Will spinal cord stimulation therapy completely eliminate my chronic pain?
  4. Will spinal cord stimulation eliminate other sources of pain?
  5. What is the best spinal cord stimulator for me?
  6. Is spinal cord stimulation a new therapy?
  7. Is spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain covered by my insurance?

 

How do I know if spinal cord stimulation (SCS) will work for me?

The first step is to meet with a Twin Cities Pain Clinic provider to discuss your pain and treatment history. You will review details such as the type of pain, its severity, and your response to past pain treatment. If your provider thinks you are a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation, you can complete a trial to see if it will provide adequate pain relief.

What does spinal cord stimulation feel like?

Your stimulation level can be adjusted to deliver your preferred sensation and pain relief. With some device brands and settings, you may feel a slight tingling sensation, called a paresthesia. in some instances you will not feel anything at all!

Will spinal cord stimulation therapy completely eliminate my chronic pain?

Typically, most people experience significant and sustained reduction in chronic pain. However, spinal cord stimulation does not eliminate the source of pain, so the amount of pain reduction can vary from person to person. Spinal cord stimulation therapy is not a cure for chronic pain, but rather a therapy to help manage your pain.

Will spinal cord stimulation eliminate other sources of pain?

Spinal cord stimulation therapy is specially designed to target nerves primarily associated with back and neck pain. As such, SCS will not provide relief from other types of pain such as headaches, stomachaches, fractures, etc.

What is the best spinal cord stimulator for me?

Many of the world’s top medical device companies make their own model of spinal cord stimulator, including Medtronic, Abbott, Boston Scientific, and Nevro, and each one is a marvel of medical engineering. The best stimulator for you will depend on the type and source of your pain. Your pain management provider will review these details with you and can then determine the stimulator that he or she believes will provide you with the greatest level of pain relief.

Is spinal cord stimulation a new therapy?

It is not! Spinal cord stimulation was introduced as a treatment for chronic pain back in the late 1960s and was officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1984. However, recent technological breakthroughs have resulted in spinal cord stimulators that are significantly more effective and can fit in the palm of your hand, with room to spare.

Fun fact: The basic theory of electrical stimulation of the nervous system goes all the way back to ancient Rome!

Is spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain covered by my insurance?

Spinal cord stimulation therapy is covered by most insurance carriers. As with the majority of pain treatments, you will need an approval from your insurance company before you can receive a SCS for your chronic pain. Insurance carriers usually require you to try conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy.

Medicare – Spinal cord stimulators are approved for coverage by Medicare, as long as the procedure is determined to be medically necessary. Medicare usually requires you to try conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy.

Workers’ Compensation – Most workers’ compensation carriers cover SCS with an approval before treatment.

 

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Pain Relief Tips While Sheltering in Place

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The current COVID-19 outbreak has created unprecedented challenges for all of us. New terms like “social distancing” and “sheltering in place” have suddenly entered our social consciousness and become the new norm. While these behaviors are critically important to prevent the spread of the virus and must be taken very seriously, most of us have nonetheless experiences a shift in how we go about our daily lives. This change in routine has undoubtedly resulted in difficulties for many, not least of all those suffering from chronic pain.

But staying in place does not mean you have to stay in pain! There are a bunch of ways you can manage your chronic pain without leaving the house.

Get Good Sleep

Getting quality sleep is essential for relieving your pain. Sleep boosts immune response, improves brain function, and helps the body heal and recover. Here are some things you can do to help maximize the amount and quality of your sleep:

  • Stick to a schedule – Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Regulating your body’s clock can help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the whole night.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime – A large meal is tougher for the stomach to digest than a light snack and can make it harder for your body to relax and fall sleep.
  • Have a good sleep environment – Make your sleeping area a place of peace and serenity. Keep it clean and tidy, and remove anything that could distract you, such as TVs, tablet or phones. 
  • Get regular exercise – Physical activity during the day improves sleep quality at night. It can also increase sleep duration and reduce stress.

Stay Active

Don’t let “sheltering in place” make you sedentary. Getting daily exercise is essential to managing your pain and keeping you healthy. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay active while practicing appropriate social distancing. A regular routine of low-impact exercises, including stretching, walking, yoga, Pilates, biking, and light weightlifting, can significantly reduce your pain and improve your quality of life in many ways:

  • Improved bodily function – Regular exercise can result in increased flexibility, improved circulation and blood flow, alignment of the body, reduced stress, increased oxygen flow, enhanced coordination, and as we just learned, better sleep. Collectively, these upgrades can reduce your pain.
  • Durable joints – Keeping your joints moving strengthens them and improves overall mobility, which makes performing daily activities and tasks much easier.
  • Stronger muscles – Having strong muscles helps support your spine, which can prevent stress and strain injuries. Stronger muscles and tendons also align the body and protect bones and joints from impacts.
  • Better mental health – The effects of chronic pain can often take a mental and emotional toll, which in turn can further worsen physical pain. Staying active can help boost self-esteem and improve your mental state.
  • Healthier weight –Extra weight puts added pressure on your spine, joints, and muscles. This forces your body to work harder to support that extra weight, which can result in pain flare ups, muscle strains, pinched nerves, and accelerated structural degeneration. Regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight and fend off these negative consequences.

Make sure you talk to your pain provider before starting an exercise routine. He or she can help determine if exercise is appropriate for your pain condition, and if so, recommend the best options.

Eat Right

A healthy diet plays a huge role in managing your chronic pain. Different foods cause different reactions in the body, and it’s important to know which ones will help your pain and which ones will make it worse. Here are some tips on what to eat and what to avoid:

  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and omega-3 fatty acids – Fruits, vegetables, and omega-3’s have shown to decrease inflammation in the body and reduce muscle and joint pain. Choose foods like berries, leafy greens, winter squash, walnuts and pecans, salmon, kidney and navy beans, and seeds such as chia, flax and hemp.
  • Eat less refined, processed “junk food” – Heavily refined, sugary, and chemically processed foods are known to irritate muscles, disrupt sleep, and interfere with immune function – three things that can enhance chronic pain.
  • Avoid nightshade vegetables – While vegetables are a nutritious and important part of any diet, vegetables in the nightshade family – such as tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants – can potentially increase joint pain and arthritis symptoms in some individuals due to neurotoxins in the plants. Continue to include veggies in your diet but consider avoiding these ones.

Home Remedies

We have covered some really important pain relief strategies so far. But most of us unfortunately can’t spend our entire day eating, sleeping, and exercising. Many of us still have responsibilities like working or watching the kiddos. Plus, we all need a little “me time” to relax and blow off steam. But that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to relieve from your pain. There are plenty of simple home remedies that can help you fend off the pain as you go about your day.

  • Use heat or cold – Applying a heat pad or a cold compress can provide some wonderful, albeit temporary, pain relief. Ice is generally best for reducing inflammation and swelling, while heat is best for muscle aches and stiffness. The important thing is to listen to your body. If it doesn’t feel right, stop.
  • Take a hot bath or shower – A hot bath or shower will help dilate your blood vessels, promote blood flow, and help your sore and tightened muscles relax. It can also help you relax and unwind, which is a great added bonus.
  • Distract yourself – Do something to keep your mind focused on something other than your pain, like watch a movie, read a book, do a puzzle, or go for a refreshing walk.

Change Your Behavior

These strange and difficult times have thrown a wrench into our familiar routines and forced us to change our behaviors in many ways. But that isn’t entirely a bad thing. There are some behavioral changes that could help reduce your pain and improve your life. These may not all be applicable to you, but at least one of them is likely something new that you should consider trying!

  • Try Delivery – If you don’t already use home delivery for your shopping needs, now is the time to try it out. When shopping, you are usually focused on the task at hand, and not on all the walking, twisting, bending, and lifting that goes with it. Having your goods delivered will not only help keep you safe from contracting COVID-19, but it also eliminates a lot of unnecessary movement that could cause your pain to flare up.
  • Consider quitting smoking – This one is not necessarily specific to sheltering in place, but now is as good a time as any. Smoking impairs the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to bones and tissues, which can accelerate structural degeneration and cause or worsen chronic pain. For perspective, 18% of the US population are smokers, but smokers make up more than 50% of patients seeking pain treatment.
  • Take up meditation – Mindful meditation is a great way to relax your body and your mind. Meditation promotes slow, rhythmic breathing and a calm, relaxed state of mind. Studies have shown that deep, slow breathing while relaxed can alter your perception of pain and provide relief.

Keep a Pain Diary

A pain diary is a great way for you to better understand your specific pain situation. Not only can this help you identify different things that help or hinder your pain, but it will create a detailed record that your pain provider can use to prescribe the best possible treatment.

Things to Note in Your Pain Diary:

  • Indicate whether your pain interrupts daily activities like walking, working, or sleeping.
  • Note what medications you took, when you took them, how much relief they provided, and for how long.
  • Describe other treatments you may have tried and whether they provided any relief.
  • Note any side effects of pain medicine.
  • Keep track of anything that makes the pain improve (better when you are sitting instead of standing, better after a hot shower, etc.)

Take Control!

Most of us are quarantining at home right now, and for good reason. All of us need to do our part to keep each other safe and get past this. But you don’t need to quarantine your quality of life. By incorporating some basic strategies into your time at home, you can better manage your pain and make this whole situation a lot more bearable. Be disciplined, take control, and relieve your pain!

Pain Care from Your Favorite Chair

In the face of these unusual and challenging times, Twin Cities Pain Clinic is still here for you. We are continuing to serve patients via telemedicine virtual visits. You can meet with one of our specialized pain experts without getting up from your favorite comfy chair!

Appointments are available so schedule your virtual visit today!

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We understand virtual visits might not be a viable option for everyone. If this is the case, please call us to discuss other options. Together, we’ll make it better.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21939499

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The Rise of Telemedicine

As the world changes and technology continues to advance, the delivery of healthcare services has also changed rapidly in an effort to keep up. Along with pursuing the best quality care, the focus of many healthcare providers has progressed toward delivering that quality care in the most convenient, effective and affordable way possible, to stand apart and ensure patient satisfaction in these modern times. This new dynamic has led to the rise of telemedicine.

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine has utilized modern technology to revolutionize how patients access medical care. Put simply, telemedicine allows appointments to be conducted via webchat, meaning patients can meet with their healthcare providers face-to-face from just about anywhere. Anyone with a device that includes a webcam and an internet connection (both of which have been standard on smart phones, tablets and computers for years now) can take advantage of the benefits of these virtual visits! This new form of healthcare delivery has eliminated barriers and made access to care easier and more convenient than ever before.

How Does Telemedicine Work?

One of the best things about Telemedicine is that it is generally very easy to use. While each platform may differ slightly, the overall process is essentially the same across the board.

The first step is to make sure you have a working device that can accommodate telemedicine. This would essentially be any computer, tablet or smartphone with a web camera and access to the internet. You will also need a working email address so you may receive a link to access the virtual appointment.

Telemedicine-Female Doctor on Laptop ScreenThe next step it to schedule your appointment. Simply contact your provider and request an appointment via telemedicine. If your provider is not yet set up for telemedicine, you may ask them for other options or seek a provider that can accommodate you for now.

In many instances, the provider’s office will contact you at some point prior to your appointment to ensure your device is working and able to access the telemedicine program.

On the day of your visit, you will receive an email with a link to the telemedicine appointment. Just click the link, and you will be directed to the online video conference with your provider.

And that’s it! Once you have completed your appointment, you can go on with your day.

What Are the Benefits of Telemedicine?

The ability for patients to meet with healthcare providers without having to be at the same location is a game changer for a variety of reasons.

It’s Safe

Virtual visits are an ideal option for certain at-risk segments of the overall patient population. In-person visits to healthcare clinics and facilities are perfectly safe for the majority of people and are still the preferred method for many treatments due to availability of specific supplies and technologies.

But telemedicine is tremendously helpful for many individuals, including those who are either suffering from a contagious illness or may be particularly susceptible to contagious illnesses. Visiting with their providers remotely allows these patients to receive the care they need without putting themselves or others at risk.

Telemedicine is also a safe and very valuable tool during times of crisis. Virtual visits allow patients to get medical treatment when their usual means are cut off. If a natural disaster renders medical facilities inaccessible, or a widespread health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic quarantines people in their homes, much needed care can still be made available thanks to telemedicine.

It’s Convenient

Let’s face it, people are busy these days. Whether it’s due to a full-time job, attending class, volunteer work, or getting the kids to six different activities, it just seems there isn’t enough time in the day. This can make traveling to your own medical appointments a real drag.

Once again, it’s telemedicine to the rescue! Eliminating the commuting component of your appointment saves a ton of time, especially if it’s out of the way of your other daily rounds. With telemedicine, all you need is your device and an internet connection. That means you can complete your appointment from home, your office, or during your lunch break!

The lack of a commute is also convenient for anyone who has trouble traveling. For example, some patients of Twin Cities Pain Clinic suffer from conditions that make transportation difficult, and in some cases outright unbearable. Telemedicine allows these individuals to access care from the comfort of home without enduring any additional, unnecessary discomfort.

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It’s Everywhere

At any given time, there are countless people without reliable access to medical care. One of the largest segments of this population are those living in rural communities.

For many of these rural residents, even the basics like primary care and emergency hospital services can be many miles away. Specialty services, such as orthopedics, mental health, or pain management, can be almost unobtainable, as even a simple consult or checkup could require a commute of several hours.

Not with telemedicine! Virtual visits allow rural patients to complete many kinds of appointments from their homes and delay the long commute until the time comes for that big, important appointment or procedure, which by then is worth the trip.

What Does it Mean to Me?

Telemedicine is changing the healthcare landscape forever. Reliable access to care is quickly becoming the new norm, even in times of widespread challenge and crisis. Any one of us could one day find ourselves cut off from our usual means of receiving much needed medical care. On that day, we will be glad telemedicine is around to save the day.

Telemedicine at Twin Cities Pain Clinic

We are proud to offer you the convenience of telemedicine virtual visits, wherever you may be. The process is simple, and appointments are readily available! Learn more and request your own virtual visit today by clicking the link below.

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A Message from Twin Cities Pain Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Will Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Providing our patients with a truly exceptional experience is a commitment we live by each and every day. Our top priority is providing the best possible pain care in an environment that is compassionate, clean and safe. We hold true to this promise, both in good times, and more importantly, in difficult times.

As the coronavirus situation continues to develop, all our clinic locations and our surgery center remain open and we are still seeing patients for their scheduled appointments and procedures. 

We are taking additional, comprehensive steps to ensure our patients receive the care they need, while at the same time safeguarding their health and well-being, as well as that of our employees.

  • We are closely following updates at the local, state and federal level to inform our decision-making and provide the most current information.
  • We have reinforced our already stellar sterilization and sanitation protocols, and performed deep clean procedures at all locations.
  • We have implemented certain scheduling adjustments for our employees to help reduce potential spreading of the virus, while ensuring personnel are still onsite to serve patients.
  • We have opened more time in our provider schedules for telemedicine visits so patients can complete appointments without leaving their homes.

Most importantly, we ask that you please respect our other patients and staff. If you are presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 or have reason to believe you have been exposed to the virus, please DO NOT travel to any of our facilities.

Call (952) 841-2345 to discuss alternate arrangements. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to remain calm as these circumstances unfold. This situation is certainly unfamiliar, but if we all do our part and diligently follow professional recommendations to minimize the risk of spread, we can help keep each other healthy and safe.

For updates and information regarding coronavirus, you may visit these websites:

We are truly grateful for our valued patients and amazing staff. Thank you for everything you do.

Sincerely,

Andrew J. Will, M.D.
Medical Director – Twin Cities Pain Clinic

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Paying it Forward to Save Lives

An intrathecal pain pump helped save Frank Kallstrom’s life. But what he did next is is nothing short of incredible.

Some people pay it forward by buying coffee or paying tolls for strangers. Frank Kallstrom pays it forward by offering strangers another chance at life.

Our friend Frank can be described in two words – Selfless and Courageous. Frank has spent the better part of his life helping others and putting their needs before his own. Along the way, he stood up to adversity time and again, never letting it get the better of him.

There may be no better example of Frank’s qualities than his fight against a debilitating chronic pain condition. It completely derailed his life, but instead of giving in, Frank gritted his teeth, picked himself up and pulled off a comeback so epic and inspirational, it deserves its own film adaptation. Then, he took it a step further and helped a bunch of other people with their own comeback stories. But for now, let’s focus on Frank.

This is Frank

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Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, Frank spent much of his youth living life to the fullest. Before his twenties were over, he visited all the lower 48 states, became an accomplished puzzle master (particularly the Rubik’s Cube), and got married.

Before he knew it, Frank was the father of four beautiful daughters. Now, you don’t need to be a parent to understand how difficult raising even one child can be. But bringing up four kids quickly turns the intensity meter up to 11. Frank, however, was unfazed by this. His job was to make sure his girls were loved and provided for. He was going to be the best dad he could possibly be, whatever it took.

At the age of 31, after his high-octane twenties came to a close, Frank graduated from North Hennepin Community College with a degree in law enforcement. Shortly after, in classic Frank style, he started one of the most selfless and courageous jobs there is. He became an officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, putting his own life on the line to protect and serve others. Frank maintained his post honorably for the next four years. But then, everything got turned upside down.

Frank’s Struggle with Chronic Pain

When he was 35, Frank was diagnosed with diabetes. While that alone was difficult enough, it also led to Frank developing peripheral neuropathy, a condition whereby damaged or diseased nerves cause pain throughout the body. Over time, Frank’s pain grew to debilitating levels, resulting in serious consequences.

He had to step down from his post as a police officer, as his pain did not allow him to perform his duties. Travel was no longer an option and his plans to visit the two remaining states (Alaska and Hawaii) were indefinitely put on hold. A bit further down the line, he and his wife of over 20 years decided to part ways. Frank suddenly found himself having to care for four daughters while dealing with his ever-worsening pain.

Frank holding his daughter before chronic pain started

As the hits kept coming, Frank sought help, visiting countless doctors to try and treat his pain. They prescribed all kinds of medications, none of which helped. Instead, they had very negative side effects. He became lethargic and despondent, finding it difficult to care for even himself, let alone his four children. He was even hospitalized on multiple occasions.

But no other solutions were being offered and before long, Frank’s situation began to have severe emotional effects alongside his physical pain. He knew he could not continue down this path much longer. He was fighting for his life, and needed to find help, fast.

The Comeback Begins

Desperate to find relief from his excruciating pain, Frank decided to reach out to Twin Cities Pain Clinic. He had seen their Woodbury, MN office in passing and figured it would be worth a shot to try someone new. His first appointment was with Dr. Andrew Will at Twin Cities Pain Clinic in Edina, MN Immediately, Frank saw glimmers of hope. He had been taking pain medication previously, but when Dr. Will took over, Frank finally felt he was getting the right meds, in the right doses, and never felt judged for any of it. This alone made a huge difference to Frank, and he steadily begin to rise out his emotional low and toward what he hoped was a renewed life.

Frank began regular visits with Dr. Anne Kokayeff at Twin Cities Pain Clinic in Woodbury, as it was the more convenient location for him. It was here that his ascent truly took off. For the first time since his pain began, Frank felt like a real patient. He felt listened to, and genuinely cared for, instead of being cut down and accused. Together, he and Dr. K reviewed medication options and continued to fine-tune his dosage. Then, one day, Frank realized that he felt well enough to get back out into the world. And what did he do after 12 long and painful years of disability?

Frank went back to school.

Frank graduating with his psychology degree

Human nature had always intrigued Frank. He found himself continuously interested in what makes people behave the way they do, and why. He decided he wanted to learn all about it, and in 2016, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology!

We will revisit Frank’s new area of expertise a bit later on, because it’s amazing what he does with it. But first we must reveal the final and most substantial leg of his journey to relief.

The Intrathecal Pain Pump

After Frank’s new pain medication regimen proved to be consistently successful for an extended period, Dr. K proposed a more advanced solution. She recommended that Frank consider an intrathecal pain pump. An intrathecal pain pump is a device that gets permanently implanted in the body and automatically provides the patient with a specific dose of concentrated pain medicine. The result is significant pain relief, with fewer potential risks and side effects than orally ingested opioid medication.

Frank had never heard of such a device, but his interest was sufficiently piqued, and he agreed. With Twin Cities Pain Clinic handling all the details and obtaining all the necessary authorizations, Frank proceeded with a trial run of the pain pump. The specific pump model chosen in Frank’s case was the SynchroMed™ II by Medtronic. A trial is virtually the same as the permanent implant, but the pump device is worn on a belt outside the body for a period of time, allowing the patient and doctor to determine if it’s an effective treatment.

Shortly after the trial began, Frank knew this was the right choice. He hadn’t felt so good since before his diabetes diagnosis over a decade earlier. At the end of the trail, Frank didn’t hesitate to pursue the permanent implant. The implant was a complete success, and after a short period of building up to the correct dose, his pain essentially disappeared, his energy and happiness returned, and he was ready to start living again.

Finally, after many agonizing years at the bottom of the barrel, Frank was back!

And what has he been up to since his triumphant return? He picked up right where he left off of course.

Frank is Back!

Frank wasted no time getting back into doing all the thing he loves. He is traveling again, with plans to finally visit Alaska and Hawaii, thus completing his grand tour of all 50 states.

The puzzle master returned to solving Rubik’s Cubes, with a goal of completing the challenge in under one minute. He solved it in 12.61 seconds, which is so fast it’s basically invisible to the naked eye. Check out the video clip at the end of this article to see Frank in action!

Frank has also managed to combine these two passions. He now travels the country and participates in competitive Rubik’s Cube solving tournaments.

But the most inspiring part of Frank’s story is what he did with that new psychology degree he had earned.

Today, Frank is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor at a methadone clinic in Woodbury, MN. Once more, Frank’s courage and selflessness shine through. He spends his days bravely facing his own past suffering and using his story to motivate and help others who are enduring their own afflictions. He tells people, from first-hand experience, that even when you’re at your worst, you can rise up and overcome. And many of them have, thanks to Frank’s inspirational message.

Frank at Clingmans Dome-Smoky Mountains

Frank sets an amazing example for all of us. There were so many times when he could have called it quits, but he refused to. He fought gallantly to overcome every obstacle life threw at him, until he finally got the help he was seeking. And then he immediately turned around and started serving others, helping them achieve the same fresh start he had earned.

That there is paying it forward at its absolute finest.

BONUS! Check out Frank’s supersonic solving skills!

 

Are you looking to make a comeback of your own? Schedule an appointment with Twin Cities Pain Clinic today.

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Minnesota’s First Medtronic DTM™ SCS Trial

On February 18, 2020, Dr. Andrew Will, Medical Director of Twin Cities Pain Clinic, along with our super talented surgical team, performed a trial procedure of the new Medtronic DTM™ spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system. This was the first DTM™ trial performed in the state of Minnesota, and one of only 20 pilot trials across the entire country. The entire team proudly posed with the happy patient after a successful procedure.

Medtronic DTM Spinal Cord Stimulator-First Trial in MN

What is DTM™ Spinal Cord Stimulation?

First of all, here is a quick crash course in spinal cord stimulation. Spinal cord stimulation is a pain treatment therapy that uses mild electrical pulses to “stimulate” nerves, interrupting pain signals before they reach the brain and providing relief.

DTM™ (differential target multiplexed) spinal cord stimulation is a proprietary stimulation technology developed by Medtronic to enhance the pain relief capabilities of SCS therapy. DTM™ is a uniquely programmed waveform setting delivered by the Medtronic Intellis™ spinal cord stimulator platform. This innovative new setting could potentially result in up to 80% relief for patients suffering from chronic, intractable pain.

Twin Cities Pain Clinic is proud to be a partner in introducing this revolutionary new pain treatment technology.

Spinal Cord Stimulation at Twin Cities Pain Clinic

Twin Cities Pain Clinic is one of the premier providers of spinal cord stimulation therapy in the Midwest. Our highly skilled physicians and surgical teams perform hundreds of SCS trials and implants every year. To provide our patients with the most personalized care, we offer all the leading brands of spinal cord stimulator systems, including Medtronic, Abbott, Boston Scientific, Nevro and Nuvectra.

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Spinal Cord Stimulation – Drug-Free Pain Relief

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation therapy is an advanced technique for treating chronic pain. The therapy relies on a device named a spinal cord stimulator. The device emits mild electrical pulses to stimulate nerves and interrupt pain signals from reaching the brain.

Spinal cord stimulation has been used to treat chronic pain since 1967. Over the years, these devices have increased in effectiveness while decreasing in size. Current models measure only a few inches in diameter. The leads can also be placed more accurately than ever, resulting in more precise and effective pain control.

Spinal-cord-stimulator-device-for-back-painHow does spinal cord stimulation treat chronic pain?

With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves may be damaged, dysfunctional or injured. This causes them to send incorrect signals to other pain centers. Spinal cord stimulators help treat neuropathy by replacing pain with a mild tingling sensation. Some devices can even eliminate pain sensations entirely.

What are the advantages of spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation therapy has many advantages over other pain treatment options.

For one thing, it’s a drug-free therapy, using electrical impulses to relieve pain. Spinal cord stimulation avoids the negative side effects of pain medication, like addiction and tolerance.

It is also a completely reversible procedure. The entire system can be removed at any time if the patient chooses.

Patients can “test drive” the therapy. A trial run takes place before the permanent implant is placed, to ensure the treatment is effective.

What’s involved in a spinal cord stimulation trial?

During a spinal cord stimulation trial, the physician places temporary leads in your back. The leads connect to an external device that you carry around in a belt pack. The temporary system performs all the same functions as the permanent device, so you can experience what spinal cord stimulation feels like.

Placing the lead is done using a needle and does not involve surgery. The physician will program different settings and ask you what feels best. You will receive specific instructions on how to care for your temporary spinal cord stimulation system.

For the next 3 to 10 days, you will have the opportunity to try the system in your daily life. During this trial period, you will be able to walk around and do most of the things you usually do. Following the trial period, you and your physician will determine if a permanent spinal cord stimulator is right for you.

Does my insurance cover spinal cord stimulation therapy?

Most likely, yes. While the situation may vary case by case, most insurance does cover spinal cord stimulation therapy.

Is spinal cord stimulation therapy safe?

Spinal cord stimulation therapy has been tested in hundreds of clinical studies worldwide and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a safe and effective pain management therapy.

The device implantation is a minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedure that can take only a couple hours.

Spinal Cord Stimulation at Twin Cities Pain Clinic

Twin Cities Pain Clinic is one of the metro area’s leading specialists in spinal cord stimulation therapy. We offer all the top stimulator brands and participate with all insurance plans.

Contact us today to learn more about spinal cord stimulation or schedule a consultation.

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2019 In Review – Part 5: Burnsville Surgery Center

Back in 2016, we opened the doors of our first ambulatory surgery center in Edina, MN. Since then, Twin Cities Surgery Center has become a huge part of our organization, allowing us to provide our patients with convenient access to a much wider range of pain treatment options, all under one roof.

Looking back on all that success, a second surgery center started to sound like a better and better idea. Finally, in 2019, we channeled our inner Kevin Costner and WE BUILT IT.

In October, we proudly threw open the doors of the beautiful new Burnsville Surgery Center (location classified). The BSC is loaded with the most advanced technologies and modern amenities, and has allowed us to offer the best and most effective pain treatments to an even larger audience.

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Living with Fibromyalgia

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (pronounced: fi-bro-my-al-gee-uh) is a disorder that causes pain in your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. Unlike pain cause by injuries or illness, fibromyalgia can cause pain for little or  no reason. Fibromyalgia is thought to result from an imbalance between cells that carry pain signals and cells that slow pain signals down. This imbalance significantly increases the impact of any physical pain you may experience. Other times, it can cause pain when none should exist at all.

Fibromyalgia pain is especially intense when pressure is applied to areas called “tender points.” Common tender points are the back of the head, the elbows, the shoulders, the knees, the hip joints and around the neck.

Image depicting common pain points on the body

What causes fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a fairly common condition, affecting around 2% of the population of the United States. However, experts are unsure why people get fibromyalgia. Some common causes are thought to be:

  • Genetics – Fibromyalgia tends to run in the family, so if one of your relatives has it, there is an increased chance you may get it too
  • Gender – Women are much more likely to get fibromyalgia than men
  • Lethargy – Fibromyaliga is more common in people who do not move and exercise regularly
  • Illness – Illnesses, particularly others associated with pain like arthritis and headaches, can increase the likelihood of developing fibromyalgia
  • Emotional and mental conditions – People who suffer from conditions like PTSD, anxiety, and depression are more likely to develop fibromyaliga than those who do not

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Increased sensitivity to pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia.

You may have some degree of constant pain, but the pain may get worse in response to activity, stress, weather changes and other factors. The pain may be a deep ache or a burning sensation. You may have muscle tightening or spasms. Many people have migratory pain (pain that moves around the body).

Most people with fibromyalgia feel tired or fatigued. This fatigue may be mild or very severe. You may also have trouble sleeping, which may add to the fatigue.

Depression or anxiety may also occur as a result of your constant pain and fatigue, or the frustrations you feel with the condition.

The good news is that fibromyalgia does not cause any permanent damage to the muscles and organs. It is not a life-threatening disease, but it is chronic (ongoing).

Although there is no cure, there are many things you can do to feel better.

What can I do to relieve my symptoms?

Find an exercise that gets all your body parts moving and do it consistently. Yoga classes, warm water therapy, swimming and low-impact aerobic exercise are among the best things you can do. Many people find that establishing a consistent routine of eating, sleeping and exercising helps to ease symptoms.

Woman doing yoga on a cliff overlooking the oceanYou may need to begin at a very low level of exercise (five minutes every day is helpful at first). Continue to increase the length and frequency of exercise until you are exercising for at least 30 to 60 minutes, three to four times a week. Once you reach this point, you can consider switching to higher-impact exercises, like walking, jogging and tennis. A physical therapist experienced in treating fibromyalgia can help you develop an exercise regime to follow at home.

Because the symptoms of fibromyalgia are made worse by stress and poor sleep, it is important to cut stress out of your life whenever possible and to get as much sleep as you need. Also, avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed to get a good night’s rest.

Is there any medicine I can take to help my symptoms?

Several medicines can help reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Many of these medicines are taken before bedtime to help reduce pain and improve sleep.

Your doctor may recommend treating your symptoms with acetaminophen (like Tylenol) first, with additional medications being prescribed as needed. Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin are not usually effective in treating fibromyalgia when taken alone.

They say laughter is the best medicine and that certainly applies in this case. A positive attitude can go a long way in helping you feel better. Be sure to smile, laugh and appreciate the good things in life.

Eating tips for chronic pain patients

Research shows that what we eat can also have an effect on the body’s pain levels – especially in fibromyalgia patients.

Many experts blame fibromyalgia pain on oversensitive nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and certain foods may stimulate the release of neurotransmitters that heighten this pain. Experts have compiled a list of healthy and helpful eating tips for patients with back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, and other types of chronic pain.

Collection of fruits and vegetables that help relieve pain

  • Eat whole fruits and vegetables, legumes and omega-3 fatty acids. These foods are rich in vitamins and can help control weight, which is essential to controlling chronic pain. Fresh whole foods also contain antioxidants, which may provide additional pain relief.
  • Eat less refined, processed “junk food.” Heavily refined, sugary and chemically processed foods are known to irritate muscles, disrupt sleep and interfere with immune function – three things that can enhance chronic pain. Aspartame, a chemical sweetener used in diet soft drinks, has also been found to heighten pain sensitivity in some fibromyalgia patients.
  • Avoid nightshade vegetables. While vegetables are a nutritious and important part of a pain patient’s diet, vegetables in the nightshade family – such as tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants – can increase joint pain and arthritis symptoms in some individuals due to neurotoxins in the plants. While many will experience no difference, some sensitive patients will improve remarkably by avoiding these vegetables.

Fibromyalgia can be difficult to deal with. But with some discipline and smart decision-making, there are a variety of ways to reduce its effects and continue to have a happy and fulfilling life.

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic specializes in treating pain conditions, including fibromyalgia. Get in touch with us if you or someone you know is suffering and would like to know more about treatment options.

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Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/fibromyalgia-causes

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/147083.php

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354780