• 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” states Vince, a patient at Twin Cities Pain Clinic, regarding the pain he has 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 …
  • How 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 …
  • All 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 …
  • How 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, DPM, MPH, …
  • 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. Botulinum Toxin (Botox) was originally approved by the FDA in …
  • What is DRG stimulation?
    Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation is a new type of therapy that can help those who suffer from chronic neuropathic pain or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage to or malfunction of the nerves themselves. The peripheral nervous system includes all the …
  • 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 …
  • How to Have the Conversation With Your Doctor about Your Pain
    When it comes to back and neck pain, there are few, if any, definitive tests that can accurately measure and diagnose the experience. Using an objective testing method such as an MRI or CT scan is nearly impossible when it comes to back and neck pain. Pain levels fluctuate, in terms of timing, …
  • 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 …
  • The 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 …
  • Know 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
  • TCPC Welcomes Dr. Gordon Beardwood
    Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic & Surgery Center in welcoming our newest physician! Gordon Beardwood, MD “My philosophy to pain management is that each patient should be treated like an individual. Patients will get the greatest benefit and best outcomes from a multidisciplinary …
  • The Impact of Hot Weather & Persistent Pain
    Summer is just around the corner, and we’ve already experienced some high temperatures in Minnesota. If you suffer from joint pain or other persistent pain conditions, you’ve likely already noticed the impact of hot temperatures and high humidity levels on your body.  Heat and humidity …
  • 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! …
  • 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 Text Neck Real?
    Text 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, text neck is a term used to …
  • Employee Spotlight: Samantha
    Thank you for all of your hard work, Samantha! …
  • 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!
  • Employee Spotlight: Pamela
      Thank you for all of your hard work, Pamela! …
  • NEW! 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 …
  • Improving 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 …
  • Employee Spotlight: Kirsten
    Employee Spotlight: Kirsten  Meet Kirsten, a Patient Service Representative at the Twin Cities Surgery Center. Kirsten was nominated for the Employee Spotlight for working hard every day to make sure that every patient is taken care of regardless of how many hoops she needs to jump through to get …
  • 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 …
  • Employee Spotlight: Kaylee
    Employee Spotlight: Kaylee  Meet Kaylee, a triage nurse for Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Kaylee was nominated for the Employee Spotlight for always being willing to help staff and patients alike! Kaylee treats every patient with the respect and patience, and puts a tremendous amount of care into her …
  • 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 …
  • Employee Spotlight: Sallie
    Employee Spotlight: Sallie  Meet Sallie, the Lead Patient Service Representative at Twin Cities Pain Clinic’s Woodbury location. Sallie was nominated for the Employee Spotlight for being a great leader in the Woodbury office. She is hard working, reliable, and very helpful! Sally greets …
  • 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 …
  • Employee Spotlight: Megan
      Employee Spotlight: Megan  Meet Megan, the Neuromodulation Nurse for the Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Megan is a Registered Nurse who’s days are devoted to Spinal Cord Stimulation. Megan was nominated for the Employee Spotlight for always showing empathy to others. She is always kind to …
  • 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 …
  • Employee Spotlight: Alison
        Employee Spotlight: Alison  Meet Alison, a clinical assistant at our Edina location! As a clinical assistant, Alison assists the midlevel providers to ensure that your visit to TCPC is an efficient and enjoyable experience!         What is your position? Clinical Assistant …
  • 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 …
  • Employee Spotlight: Tanner
    Employee Spotlight: Tanner  Meet Tanner, our Patient Experience Coordinator! Tanner was recognized for working hard during the snow days to keep the sidewalks cleared for our patients. Thank you for going above and beyond & showing that no task is too big or too small!            …
  • TCPC Coming to Burnsville
    Coming this Spring, Twin Cities Pain Clinic will be opening its doors in Burnsville! Located on the eastern side of Burnsville, the clinic will be the newest of 4 locations in the metro area. The clinic has been thoughtfully designed to promote the most excellent and convenient care for each of our …
  • 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 …
  • Employee Spotlight: Caitlin
    Employee Spotlight: Caitlin  Meet Caitlin, our TCPC Business Office Manager! Caitlin is always willing to take on additional tasks to learn and grow within her department. She has great attention to detail, and has established great working relationships with staff and patients!       …
  • 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 …
  • Coming Soon! Check-in Kiosks!
    Twin Cities Pain Clinics are excited to launch our new check-in kiosk technology! We are committed to you and are working to make your healthcare experience easier and more efficient. Our new patient registration stations allow us to get you to your visit more quickly by: 1. Immediately alerting …
  • 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 …
  • Employee Spotlight: Nicole
      Employee Spotlight: Nicole Nicole is one of the Administrative Assistants at the Edina clinic. Nicole works at the front desk and greets every patient with warmth and kindness. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help out her co-workers and puts a tremendous amount of care into her …
  • 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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Dr. Anne Kokayeff is DRG Certified!

Twin-Cities-Pain-Clinic-Doctor-Anne-Kokayeff-MDTwin 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 outward from the spinal column. They are essentially the branches of the spinal tree. Whereas the spinal cord itself transmits signals to the back, neck and head, the DRG transmits signals to more distant appendages, including the feet, elbows, knees and abdomen.

DRG stimulation involves laying tiny leads next to the DRG, with the other end of the leads connected to a small, implantable battery. The battery produces a mild electrical pulse, which is delivered by the leads to the DRG. The electrical pulses “stimulate” the DRG and block pain signals to the brain.

DRG stimulator implant surgeries are complex, precise procedures, and as such, the list of certified physicians is very short. Now that Dr. Kokayeff has achieved her certification, all four Twin Cities Pain Clinic physicians are members of this elite group.

Congratulations Dr. K! We could not be prouder of your amazing accomplishment.

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Twin 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 provide care.

Get to know Kjerstin and Matt!

KJERSTIN DURIE, PA-CTwin Cities Pain Clinic Provider-Kjerstin Durie, PA-C

Clinical Interests

  • Holistic care
  • Individualized treatment plans

Board Certifications

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

Education

  • Bethel University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bethel University, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Hobbies

  • Spending time with family, traveling and hiking

 

MATTHEW K GANNOTT, DPTTwin Cities Pain Clinic Provider-Matt Gannott, DPT-Physical Therapist

Clinical Interests

  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Spine Care
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Manual Physical Therapy

Education

  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead – B.A. in Biology and Psychology
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons – Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hobbies

  • Spending time with family, traveling, woodworking, working on home improvement project

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Twin 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 Review, which provides business and legal guidance for outpatient surgery facilities.

At the meeting, Sheila met with other industry professionals to discuss best practices for managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers. As part of our commitment to provide patients with better care and better outcomes, our organization actively participates in these conversations to ensure our own surgery center remains on the cutting edge of industry ideas and innovation.

In between meetings, Sheila posed for photos with boxing legend and entrepreneur Sugar Ray Leonard, and Kevin O’Leary from the TV show Shark Tank.

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The 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, thanks to our comprehensive guide to migraines!

Abstract cloud of migraine related imagesWhat Is a Migraine?

Let’s get this one out of the way first. A migraine is a headache with throbbing pain that is usually worse on one side of the head. The pain is often severe enough to hamper daily activities and may last from four hours to three days if untreated. More than one in 10 Americans (including one in six women) have migraines, but many have been misdiagnosed as a sinus or tension headache.

Migraine Symptoms

Throbbing pain typically occurs on one side of the head near the temples, forehead and eyes. Many people also experience nausea, vomiting and vision problems. Symptoms can grow more severe with even mild exertion, such as climbing the stairs. Migraines can also make you very sensitive to light and sound. The pain can be disabling; so much so that many people are forced to miss work or other daily activities.

Migraine with Aura

Approximately 20% of people who suffer from migraines will experience what is called an “aura”. These “auras” occur between 20-60 minutes before the onset of a headache. Patients report seeing flashing lights, wavy lines, dots and they may have blurry vision or blind spots. These are called “classic migraines.”

Migraine Warning Signs

Before a migraine begins, some people may experience a change in mood. Migraine sufferers can become more excitable, irritable or depressed. Some people detect unusual sensations, such as a funny smell or taste. They may feel more fatigued, yawn frequently, or experience muscle tension. These warning signs are known as the “prodromal phase.” Approximately one in four people experience these warning signs, which can occur as early as 24 hours before the headache begins.

What Causes a Migraine?

The exact cause of migraines is still not well understood, but the problem is thought to be neurological (related to the nervous system). It is believed that brain chemicals, blood vessels and nerves within the brain are involved.

Common migraine triggers
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Flashing Lights

Flashing or flickering lights are a common migraine trigger. This could be a reflection from snow or water, or from fluorescent bulbs, television or movie screens. Wearing polarizing sunglasses outside and using daylight spectrum fluorescent bulbs inside may help.

Anxiety and Stress

While it’s impossible to completely avoid stress, relaxation exercises can help patents cope. Inhale and exhale slowly, letting the air fill your lungs and then deflate like a balloon. Some people find that thinking of a peaceful scene or listening to calming music can help.

Lack of Food or Sleep

It’s important for people prone to migraines to have a regular pattern of meals and sleep. Low blood sugar from skipping meals can trigger a migraine. Eating too much sugar also can cause a spike, then a “crash” in blood sugar. Drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration and sleep at least six to eight hours a night.

Hormonal Changes

For many women, migraines are tied to their menstrual cycle, occurring either a few days before or during their period, when estrogen levels drop. Some women may benefit from anti-inflammatory medication before their headaches begin, or hormonal birth control such as pills, patches, or rings.

Headache Foods

Migraine sufferers often report that certain foods trigger their headaches. Common culprits include MSG, red wine, cheese, chocolate, soy sauce, and processed meats. Make a point to avoid these foods and drinks if you suffer from migraines.

Tyramine

Aged, fermented and stored foods have higher levels of tyramine, a substance created from the breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine. Tyramine may cause blood vessels to constrict then expand, and it may be a trigger for some migraines. Some headache experts advise limiting fermented or aged foods, such as cheese, soy sauce, pickles and pepperoni.

Tracking Personal Triggers

The best way for people to find out what triggers their own migraines is to keep a headache diary. When a migraine occurs, patients are encouraged to make a note about the warning signs (the “prodromal phase”), triggers and severity. If people can discover their own personal triggers, they may be able to avoid future headaches.

Who Gets Migraines?

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Experts believe gene mutations that affect certain areas of the brain may be the source of migraines. If you have a close relative with migraines, you are more likely to be at risk.

Migraines are also more common among those with epilepsy, depression, asthma, anxiety, stroke and some other neurological and hereditary disorders.

Women are three times more likely to have migraines than men.

Migraines most often strike between the ages of 20 and 60. While the elderly still get migraines, they often decrease in severity and frequency with age, and sometimes they disappear entirely.

At Home Treatment Tips

Calm Yourself

Get to a dark, quiet room and try your best to relax for a while. Getting good sleep can help prevent migraines, so allow yourself to nod off if you can.

Change the Temperature

Apply an ice pack or heat pad to your head and neck. Cold may numb the pain while heat will relax tensed muscles.

Eat Right

Consistent, healthy eating habits can hold back migraines, so eat regularly and be sure to avoid foods that have triggered your headaches in the past.

Drink Caffeine

No, seriously! When combined with some pain medications, caffeine can help provide relief. But keep it just one or two cups a day. Too much caffeine can actually cause headaches when the stimulant effect wears off.

Exercise Regularly
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Staying active and maintaining a healthy weight can help with your migraine troubles. Light exercises like jogging or yoga are recommended, as they keep you active while not being overly strenuous, which can in fact trigger a headache.

Keep Your Stress Under Control

Keep it simple, don’t fill your schedule, have a positive attitude and find time each day to unplug and clear your mind. Less stress can go a long way in keeping your migraines at bay.

Migraines are a bummer for sure, but there are ways to get relief. Educating yourself and adjusting certain parts of your lifestyle can make a huge difference! Along with at home remedies, talk to a doctor about possible options for long-term headache relief.

IMPORTANT: Any new headache or one that is unusually severe or lasts more than a couple of days should be checked by a doctor. If you have a headache accompanied by paralysis, confusion, fever or stiff neck you should seek emergency care.

Twin Cities Pain Clinic Are Your Migraine Experts.

If you or a friend or family member is suffering from migraine headaches, schedule an appointment at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Our practitioners are specially trained to diagnose migraines and provide effective treatment options.

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Tips for Pain-Free Raking this Fall

Fall-Season-Cartoon-Image-Raking-Leaves-Back-PainWhat 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 easy task. Raking is an intensive physical activity, which means every time you do it, you run the risk of hurting something. But there are things you can do to reduce that risk. Here are some tips to stay safe and pain-free when you groom your yard this fall.

Dress for the Weather

As Minnesotans, we know we should never make assumptions about the weather. But it’s usually on the lower end of the thermometer when raking season arrives, and it’s important that you dress accordingly to keep away the cold. Cold temperatures cause muscles to lose heat, which in turn makes them contract easier and lose their range of motion. Muscles end up working harder under these conditions, which leads to increased soreness. So be sure to wear an extra layer or two to keep your body nice and toasty. Unless it’s one of those freak 80 degree days in mid-October. You may want to dress down a bit at that point.

Let’s not forget about wind chill, another thing Minnesotans know all about. While wind does not actually change the air temperature, it does affect your body temperature. Wind draws heat from your body when it contacts skin, which lowers your skin temperature and eventually your internal temperature, accelerating muscle tightness. If it’s windy out, be sure you wear long sleeves and full-length pant legs to cover any exposed skin. It will help keep away pain, and you’ll look the part!

Hydrate

This one kind of goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. Drink plenty of fluids!

Dehydration lowers your blood volume, which forces your heart to work harder to pump blood to your body. This makes any physical activity significantly more difficult and can lead to shortness of breath and painful tightness in your chest.

Second, hydrated muscles and joints work better. Hydrating fluids help flush toxins out of your muscles and lubricate joints, which can prevent inflammation and joint pain.

Whether it’s Gatorade or good old-fashioned water, drink hydrating fluids before, during and after you rake to stay at peak performance!

Warm Up

Woman-stretching-image-twin-cities-pain-clinic-articlesRaking can be strenuous, and just like any other physical activity, giving your body a few minutes to warm up can go a long way in preventing nuisances like cramps, strains, and pulled muscles. You don’t have to get fancy – just walk a couple of brisk laps around your yard to get your blood flowing and your limbs moving. Raking is a full body exercise, so consider making your walk a POWER WALK to get those arms loosened up too.

Maintain Good Form

Your body is designed to move in specific ways and perform specific functions. Exerting your body in unusual ways can put undue strain on your muscles and joints, which can lead to pain. That’s why good form is the hallmark of any exercise or physical activity.

While raking, keep your knees slightly bent and reach/pull the rake with your arms, never with your back. When you’re ready to bag your leaves, bend at the knees to lower yourself and then lift back up using your legs.

Should you be overcome with a desire to leap into your leaf pile (and there is a good chance of that happening), consider doing so feet first. Leaves are sneaky, and a pile of them can look bigger and cushier than it really is. If you fall back-first into your leaf pile, you could fall right through onto the hard ground and hurt yourself. Always practice low-risk leaf leaping!

Choose the Right Tools

Obviously, you’re going to need some tools for this job. But if you want to come out of this adventure pain-free, make sure you get the RIGHT tools.

First, you’ll need a rake (imagine that). For best results, get an ergonomically designed rake. There are a number of sturdy and lightweight options out there nowadays that are specifically engineered to minimize bending, stooping and reaching, allowing for the safer and more comfortable raking experience you deserve.

You should also consider a shovel for picking up the leaves. A shovel allows you to pick up more leaves at a time, which means fewer times you have to lower and lift your body. Much like the rake, there are countless ergonomic shovels you can choose from to further minimize the risk or a strain or cramp.

Finally, consider getting a funnel insert for the leaf bags. These simple and inexpensive items are designed to prop open bags and stand them upright. They also include a large opening at the top to funnel all your leaves into the bag instead of letting half of them drop back to the ground.

With the right tools, you’ll breeze through your yard cleanup with plenty of time leftover for a celebratory cider!

Enlist Some Help

Many hands make light work, so if you have the means, ask some friends or family to give you an assist. Even one extra rake on the job will cut your work in half. Less work means less strain on your body which means less of a chance you’ll injure yourself.

You may feel a sense of pride and accomplishment by raking your entire yard all by yourself, and rightfully so. But you’re also much more likely to feel an aching pain in your back when you’re done. Do yourself a favor and get some help the next time you need to give your yard the ol’ fall cleaning.

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Love it or hate it, raking is one of those things that just has to be done when Fall comes around.

Since you can’t avoid it, you might as well take a few extra moments to make sure you’re doing it right. That way, you can go inside when you’re done and enjoy a delicious cup of hot coffee or cocoa.

And honestly, doesn’t that sound so much better than an ice pack?

Do You Have Chronic Pain?

Even if you follow every rule and try every trick, pain can still sometimes find a way to creep in. If you have questions about any pain you may be feeling, or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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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 healthy people by stress, emotional factors, foods, fumes in the environment, or even a change in the weather. These types of headaches affect over 50 million people in the United States. 

Tension Headache

This is a very common type of headache. Odds are, you’ve probably had one of these headaches in the last year. You will feel a steady pain, usually in the back of the head and along the sides of the neck. 

Migraine Headache

The migraine headache affects around 25 million Americans each year. Migraine headaches can be inherited, so if a family member suffers from migraines, you might as well. Migraines can cause an extremely painful throbbing on the side of the head. It can also cause nausea and vomiting, as well as sensitivity to noise and light. Sufferers of migraines often seek out a dark and quiet room during an attack. Just minutes before a migraine hits, your body often sends a warning whose symptoms vary – flashing lights, trouble speaking or an awareness that something is wrong. 

Cluster Headache

The cluster headache is more of a variant of a headache than a completely different type. They’re not nearly as common as the migraine and are usually found in men who smoke or drink heavily. They are called cluster headaches because, after the first one starts, they keep coming back for weeks and even months. Most of the attacks don’t last more than a few hours and are associated with severe pain in one eye which may water and become inflamed. The nose is also usually stuffy as well. During a cluster, each headache tends to strike at the same time of day as the last. More often than not, these headaches occur during nighttime hours.

 

There are a variety of at-home treatments for headaches and migraines you can try to ease your pain. 

  1. Rest in a quiet, dark room.
  2. Apply a hot or cold compresses to your head or neck, whichever feels best.
  3. Gently massage the effected area
  4. Drink small amounts of caffeine.
  5. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), and aspirin.

If you suffer from persistent headaches or migraines, contact Twin Cities Pain Clinic today to discuss treatment options.

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Peripheral 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.

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Stimulation can result in significant, long-term pain relief and has fewer side effects than other treatment options.

StimWave Lead-size next to penny-peripheral nerve stimulationHere’s how it works: One of our doctors places a thin, flexible lead inside the body, near the target nerve. The procedure is minimally invasive and is often completed in under 30 minutes.

A small, wearable device communicates with the lead wirelessly to send a mild electric pulse directly to the nerve and interrupt the pain signal. The patient controls stimulation using a small handheld controller.

The result is a dramatic improvement in the patient’s overall quality of life!

Examples of peripheral nerve pain StimRouter can relieve:

  • Post-surgery pain (knee, back, etc.)
  • Post-stroke shoulder pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Amputation pain
  • Neuromas
  • Neuralgia
  • Carpal Tunnel
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How Vince Got His Life Back With Spinal Cord Stimulation

“For many years I was getting by, but never truly able to live” states Vince, a patient at Twin Cities Pain Clinic, regarding the pain he has been experiencing for over a decade. In 2004 Vince underwent a microdiscectomy in his low back. A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to provide relief from pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc. He was still experiencing pain after his microdiscectomy to the point that he could not walk far, climb stairs, or do many activities with his kids.

It wasn’t until this past year that the pain had reached its worst. Vince also fell recently, which contributed to his pain. Since June, his pain had become so severe that he was missing work because of it. He was experiencing pain on the left side of his body at his low back, sciatica, and down his leg. On a bad day, he would describe his pain as an 8/10, with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst. Pain medication helped slightly, where the pain would hover at a consistent 6/10, but it was still limiting Vince from living his life to the fullest and even doing simple day-to-day tasks.

Vince was stuck in a whirlwind of treatment options without progress with his primary care doctor for about 6 months. He was visiting his doctor twice a month, trying epidural injections, and still having no significant pain relief. It was important for Vince to find pain relief without the heavy side effects of medication or the intense recovery of surgery. He longed to get back to his regular life, the life he enjoyed without debilitating pain. After a long, over-due conversation with his doctor, he was referred to Twin Cities Pain Clinic.

On November 27th, shortly after becoming a patient at Twin Cities Pain Clinic, Vince began the spinal cord stimulator trial. The first day of the trial his pain decreased significantly, where he had virtually no pain. He was experiencing slight pressure from the implant process, but the pressure was nothing compared to the relief he received. After two or three days the pressure went away, and his pain was still drastically reduced to nearly 100% relief.

Vince now chooses to take the stairs, something he couldn’t do before the trial. He is now able to walk up five flights of stairs at a time and walk a mile with no pain. For a man once limited to his bed for days on end, to being able to climb a few flights of stairs, Vince knew the spinal cord stimulator was right for him.

“One of the wonderful things about spinal cord stimulation, is that you can try the device first!” Vince expresses. Besides pain relief, that was a big factor in Vince’s decision to go ahead with the trial. A spinal cord stimulation trial typically lasts 3-7 days, during this time you can determine whether the implant is right for you. “I wish I would have known about this option years ago and I am so thankful my doctor referred me to Twin Cities Pain Clinic.” Since the trial Vince’s quality of life has immensely improved. He can’t wait to go through with the implant of the spinal cord stimulator and to be active with his family again!

 

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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 at a healthy bone under a microscope, it looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone. Osteoporotic bones have lost density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone.

About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis affects both men and women of all races. But white and Asian women, especially older women who are past menopause, are at a higher risk. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.

Osteoporosis may limit mobility, which often leads to feelings of isolation or depression. Breaking a bone is a serious complication of osteoporosis, especially with older patients. Roughly twenty percent of seniors who break a hip die within one year from either a complication related to the broken bone itself or the surgery to repair it.

Risk factors of Osteoporosis

There are several risk factors that can increase the likelihood that you’ll develop osteoporosis, including your age, race, lifestyle choices, and medical conditions and treatments. Some other risk factors that are out of your control include: gender, age, race, family history, and body frame size.

One of the most common causes of osteoporosis pain is a spinal compression fracture. Because the spine is involved with every move that we make, it is one of the most common places for injury. Sudden, severe back pain that gets worse when you are standing or walking with some relief when you lie down. Trouble twisting or bending your pain, loss of height, and an exaggerated curved spine, called kyphosis, are all symptoms of a spinal fracture.

There are a few treatments to help with the symptoms of osteoporosis such as medication, adding in exercise, and good nutrition. If you are experiencing spinal pain, there are many different procedures to help relieve spinal pain. Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers a variety of treatments plans that are individualized for each patient.

How 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 frequent stops:

Stopping often to walk around and stretch can help with your pain from sitting. Before even leaving the house, plan your trip out and how you want to take a break. You can plan it however feels comfortable for you. Whether that’s a five-minute break every hour or fifteen minutes every two hours. Incorporate these planned breaks into your road trip route.

When you do stop, move around. Sitting for long periods of time will stiffen up your muscles and lead to achiness and possible muscle spasm. Movement is important for everyone, but especially those with persistent pain. Movement stimulates blood circulation, which brings nutrients and oxygen to your muscles.

Hydrate and snack appropriately:

Dehydration can increase pain, so keeping plenty of water on hand is important. If it’s hard to drink lots of water, opt for green tea or vitamin water with antioxidants that help with inflammation. Drinking pop or sugary drinks can add to inflammation, which can add to pain.

As much as it’s important to drink plenty of water, it’s important to eat foods that help your body as well. Eating anti-inflammatory foods is great for your chronic pain, as well as your waist line. Try to eat foods like cherries, watermelon, almonds, smoked salmon, and fresh veggies. It’s sometimes hard to find better food options at gas stations, but you can always pack a cooler ahead of time to help set yourself up for success.

Make your trip as smooth as possible:

Bring some comfortable accessories along on your trip. Getting a seat cushion made for a car or a lumbar pillow can help support your back and spine. Try riding passenger for a long trip or if you have to drive, switching up driving shifts with one or more people will let you change up your sitting position and may help with a smoother ride. When driving make sure your seat and mirrors are in a comfortable position as well.

You want your seat close enough to the steering wheel that you don’t have to hunch your shoulders forward to reach the wheel, but you want to make sure you are not so close that your arms and elbows hug your body. The seat itself can also tilt forward or backwards. Tilting the seat forward helps preserve the curve in your lumbar spine (lower back). And tilting the seat back lifts your knees above your hips, which can relieve low back pain.  You also want to make sure your mirrors are at a good level. You want to be able to look into your side and rear-view mirrors with a level chin. Having your chin tilted for too long can result in neck pain.

You shouldn’t just try to ease pain on road trips. Working on strengthening your core and exercising frequently can help try to ease pain in the long run. Click to read more on how exercise and stretching can help ease pain.

 

If you have more questions or need more help regarding your pain, please call 952-841-2345

Resources:

http://www.holisticpain.com/back-pain-road-trips/

https://www.spine-health.com/blog/7-tips-alleviate-back-pain-your-road-trips