• 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
    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 …
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
    Peripheral Nerve Stimulation StimRouter is a new type of stimulator that TCPC has adopted as a treatment option for patients suffering from chronic pain. For the first time our patients suffering from peripheral nerve pain can now be treated with a stimulator! Resulting in sufficient, long-term …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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
    Managing Flares in Your Chronic Pain Chronic Pain is pain that persists for more than a few months. Temporary increases or flares in chronic pain are expected. A chronic pain flare is not a new pain – it is more severe occurrence of the already existing pain. This does not mean you have a new …
  • What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
    What 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 treatment to your pain. Understanding pain starts by first defining the most basic aspect of pain: acute pain vs chronic pain.    …
  • Employee Spotlight: Heather and Tiffany
    Employee Spotlight: Heather & Tiffany Meet Heather & Tiffany, our dynamic Radiologic Technologists! Heather and Tiffany are highly trained medical personnel who help physicians while they perform many different therapeutic injections and procedures! They are a superb example of teamwork, …
  • 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
    Do you have chronic, debilitating pain that has lasted longer than 3 months? Have you tried and failed conservative therapies? Don’t want to pursue surgery due to risks and long recovery?   Spinal Cord Stimulation might be an effective treatment for you! Let’s break down the different parts of a …
  • Keep Pain Away This Thanksgiving
    If you have chronic pain, you may be wondering how you will be able to manage the holidays. Getting together with family and friends is great, but all the events and obligations can make the season exhausting – and painful. Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers our top strategies for a less stressful, …
  • Employee Spotlight: Melissa
      Employee Spotlight: Melissa  Meet Melissa, one of our Eligibility and Referral Specialists! Melissa makes sure our patients are scheduled efficiently and at a time that is most convenient for them! She always takes the time to answer questions and is a true team player!         What is …
  • Joint Injections
    Joint Injections: Instant & Long-Term Pain Relief   Injection of pain-relieving medication is a commonly known treatment option for those suffering with back pain. Did you know that other sites such as, shoulder, hip and knee pain can also benefit from an injection? It’s true, knee pain, hip …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes Two New Providers
    Please join the Twin Cities Pain Clinic in Welcoming our Newest Providers!     Tiffany McIntyre, CNP Tiffany McIntyre will be joining the Woodbury clinic as a Certified Nurse Practitioner! Tiffany offers her patients a comprehensive and multidimensional approach to treating chronic pain. In …
  • How Smoking Affects Your Chronic Pain
    Short-term relief from nicotine brings long-term problems. It is no secret that smoking can wreak havoc on your health, but did you know that this bad habit may have a surprising connection with your back pain? In many recent studies, smokers seem to be more likely than nonsmokers to suffer with …
  • Twin Cities Surgery Center Welcomes New Nurse Anesthetist
    Please join Twin Cities Surgery Center in welcoming our newest staff member! Christopher Turnbull, APRN, CRNA  Christopher is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He is highly proficient in anesthesia techniques for outpatient surgeries and procedures aimed at rapid emergence from anesthesia …
  • Employee Spotlight: Hannah
        Employee Spotlight: Hannah  Meet Hannah, our Administrative Assistant Supervisor! Hannah is very innovative and always working hard to make Twin Cities Pain Clinic more efficient for patients and staff. She puts a tremendous amount of care into her work each day!       What is your …
  • 8 Easy Ways to Keep Your Back Healthy and Strong
    Did you know that 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives? Both women and men are prone to posture and back problems. Whether you’re in the midst of fighting the ache or just want to prevent it, here are some quick-and-easy ways to keep your back healthy and strong!   …
  • Dr. Will Implants the New Proclaim DRG Neurostimulator
    Dr. Will is the first in Minnesota to implant the new Proclaim DRG Neurostimulator system by Abbott! On October 18th at Twin Cities Surgery Center, Dr. Andrew Will implanted the first Proclaim DRG Neurostimulator system in Minnesota! Dr. Will continues to be at the forefront of his specialty, …
  • Spinal Cord Sitmulation – Frequently Asked Questions
    At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we continually strive to pursue the most advanced treatments for patients with chronic pain. Spinal Cord Stimulation has been an increasingly popular and effective drug-free alternative. Today we are going to answer some of our most frequently asked SCS questions!   …
  • Dr. Will Presents at the Pain Management Roundtable
    Dr. Will remains at the forefront of his specialty of Pain Management. On October 2nd, he had the opportunity to speak at the Pain Management Roundtable at the Capitol in St. Paul. Dr. Will provides his professional insight on pain management therapies and the increasing amount of technology …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes a New Provider
    Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our newest provider to the Maple Grove Clinic Nick Rasmussen, PA-C   We are very excited to welcome Nick Rasmussen, Physician Assistant, to the Twin Cities Pain Clinic team! Nick will be joining the Maple Grove Clinic In early November! Nick is a …
  • New Hope for Minnesota Residents with Chronic Pain
    Given the national crisis involving opioid abuse, it’s more important than ever for the millions of patients suffering from chronic pain to have access to new non-opioid treatment options. Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Twin Cities Surgery Center is the first facility in Minnesota and the Midwest to …

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.  

Low-impact aerobic training. These workout will rev up your heart rate and still take it easy on you joints. For instance, you might walk fast or use a stationary bike to warm up, instead of running, before you do your strengthening exercises. 

Strengthening exercises. You might use machines at your physical therapist’s office, resistance bands, or your own body weight (think lunges, squats, and pushups). You may work on your core muscles, as well as other parts of your body. 

Pain relief exercises. These moves target areas where you have pain, so you’re stronger and more flexible – which should make it easier to live your life.

Stretching. This will be gentle, and your therapist will make sure that you’re warmed up and you don’t stretch too far. 

Your physical therapist may prescribe exercises for you to do at home. Physical therapy shouldn’t hurt, and it will be safe. But because you’ll utilize parts of your body that are injured or have persistent pain, physical therapy can be challenging, even hard. Your physical therapist has a specific plan in mind based on your particular needs. Sometimes to get stronger, you have to do some tough training. Each person may respond differently to therapy. Your body type, daily activities, alignment, and habits all affect your plan. Stick with it, and you’ll get the benefits. 

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 pain management plan. Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers our top tips for the pain patient. You are not in this alone. 

Pain might be part of your day, but it is not part of your identity. There are so many great and unique qualities that make you, YOU! Do not let yourself identify as someone who is held back or disabled by your pain. Focus on all of your strengths and talents to encourage and empower others. Focusing on your pain does not diminish it. Focus on the things that make you feel good about yourself, not on how your pain holds you back. 

Consider professional help. If you are struggling to discover ways to decrease stress and understand your chronic pain it might be time to seek counseling. Counseling can be a very good tool for you and those closest to you. Chronic pain does not need to be isolating, you will need many players on your team to find treatment options that work for you. Families can learn how to support each other while finding ways to manage your pain. 

Make an honest effort with family and friends. Answer phone calls and accept invitations. Be open and honest with how you are feeling. If you need to cancel plans due to your pain, make sure to reach out to them. Can you change your plans to accommodate your needs for that day? Did you make plans to go for a walk with a neighbor, but your back pain is flaring up the day before? Try inviting them over for coffee instead, small things will show you care and that you are invested in your relationship.   

Patients who have caring family and friends, are usually better able to cope with their chronic pain. These patients are less likely to experience depression and tend to be more independent. Keep the lines of communication open. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain call (952) 841-2345 to schedule a consult with one of our experts. 

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 describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. This strain injury is becoming increasingly popular in patients of all ages. Aggravating muscle pain in the neck, shoulders and lower back is occurring even in teens and adolescents.

How can these small mobile devices cause so much pain? It’s all in how you look at it. Literally. Dropping your head forward when looking down changes the natural curvature of your neck. This repetitive positioning can put extra and unnecessary strain on your muscles and cause uncomfortable wear and tear on the structure of your neck.

Neck muscles when aligned in their proper position, are designed to support the weight of your head (about 10 to 12 pounds). Research shows that for every inch you drop your head forward, you double the load on those muscles. Looking down at your smartphone, with your chin to your chest, can put about 60 pounds of force on your neck.

Besides muscle pain, text neck can cause a host of other health concerns. Sitting in a slumped position restricts your lungs’ ability to expand, impairing your lung capacity. Inhaling less oxygen means your heart needs to pump harder to distribute more oxygen-carrying blood through your body. 

Three Tips To Prevent “Text Neck”

Straighten Up. Learn proper posture and neck alignment by peeking at your profile in a mirror. If you’re standing correctly, you should be able to draw a vertical line from your ear to your shoulder. 

Arch Back. If your posture isn’t perfect, try doing some shoulder extensions. Arch your neck and upper back backward, pulling your shoulders into alignment under your ears. This simple stretch can alleviate stress and muscle pain. 

Look Forward. Rather than tilting your chin down to read your mobile device, raise the device to eye level. The same goes for your desktop computer. Your monitor screen should be at eye level so your head isn’t perpetually dropping and causing muscle strain. 

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

StimRouter is a new type of stimulator that TCPC has adopted as a treatment option for patients suffering from chronic pain. For the first time our patients suffering from peripheral nerve pain can now be treated with a stimulator! Resulting in sufficient, long-term pain coverage with less side effects than other treatment options. 

Here’s how it works: A thin highly flexible lead is placed near the target peripheral nerve. The procedure is minimally invasive, uses only local anesthesia and is often completed in less than 30 minutes. The small wearable (external) power source communicates with the lead wirelessly, sending a low level electrical field directly to the nerve inside the body; which interrupts the nerve’s pain signal. Stimulation is controlled by the patient themselves using a small wireless handheld controller. The result: A dramatic change in patient’s day-to-day life and overall improved quality of life! 

Examples of peripheral nerve pain applicable to StimRouter:

Post-surgery pain (knee, back, etc.)

Post-stroke shoulder pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Amputation pain

Neuromas

Neuralgia (excluding cranial facial

Carpal Tunnel

 

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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 acts like weights tied all over your body, doing what dumbbells and kettle-bells would do if you were working out on land – but on a larger scale.  Warm up outside the pool with exercises you intend to do in the water, like spot jogging or high knees. This will help you maintain proper form while doing the same exercises in water. 

2. Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion- While exercising on land, your body movements are restricted by the effects of gravity and the fear of falling. When in water, you can let go of these worries. You can fearlessly increase your range of motion, exerting muscles that you would not otherwise be able to exert outside water. Do water exercises to improve back and lower body flexibility. While performing stretches, overcome your mental block about your range of motion. 

3. Offers Relief From Chronic Pain- Gentle waves hitting against you have a massaging effect on your skin – which is why a major benefit of water exercise is pain relief. By working against the water’s resistance, you can reduce stiffness and soreness to a great extent.  The best part? All types of pain will improve – pain in your joints, muscles, and everything in between. 

4. Supports Bone Health By Increasing Bone Density – Most people reach their peak bone mass by the age of 30. Therafter, bone density declines, increasing the chances for osteoporosis and fractures. The loss in bone mass is a major problem of aging, particularly in postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women over the age of 50 have the highest risk of osteoporosis. 

5. Rectifies Body Posture and Treats Spine Problems – The buoyancy of water supports the entire body, including weak muscles, allowing you to maintain proper balance when standing in water. With the added advantage of improved flexibility and mobility, exercising in water will benefit your posture. you will be able to elongate your spine to the entirety of its natural length without any discomfort. The water resistance will also make you more self-aware of your posture, helping you further. 

6. Encourages Weight Loss – Aerobic workouts are the best for losing weight, even more so if you’re worried about injuries common in weight training. Aquatic exercises are highly recommended for those fighting obesity. The feeling of weightlessness and the ease on your joints will allow you to do a lot more than what you may normally be able to do. 

7. Protects The Heart By Lowering Blood Pressure – Water aerobics improve blood circulation in your body. In one study, a 10-week course of water aerobics markedly reduced blood pressure in patients diagnosed with high blood pressure. Also, with the force of water on the lower half of your body, blood can easily return to your heart without your heart having to work extra hard for it. So, while you expect your heart rate to increase as much as it would if you exercised on land, the increase is much lower. Don’t let your heart rate be a measure of your workout intensity when exercising in water. 

8. Promotes Healthy Bowel Function – Thanks to all the muscle toning and strengthening, your pelvic muscles too get a good workout. This will help prevent incontinence by restricting the movement of stool in the intestines. You will gain more control over your bowel movement, allowing nature to call only when you want it to through voluntary bowel movement. So, if you’re dealing with bowel problems, do some water exercises. If weak pelvic muscles are the culprit, this activity will help. 

9. Gets Rid of Stress – Like all forms of exercise, water workouts too help reduce stress by releasing feel-good hormones called endorphins. In addition, they encourage oxygen flow to your muscles and regulate your breathing. 

 

 

This article is a repost from Cure Joy health & well-being blog. See full article:

https://www.curejoy.com/content/benefits-of-aqua-water-exercises/

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 phases. The ACPA (American Chronic Pain Association) describes these phases as Ten Steps. 

The ACPA’s Ten Steps For Moving From Patient To Person

Step 1: Accept the Pain 

Learn all you can about your physical condition. Understand that there may be no current cure and accept that you will need to deal with the fact of pain in your life. 

Step 2: Get Involved

Take an active role in your own recovery. Follow your doctor’s advice and ask what you can do to move from a passive role into one of partnership in your own health care. 

Step 3: Learn to Set Priorities 

Look beyond your pain to the things that are important in your life. List the things that you would like to do. Setting priorities can help you find a starting point to lead you back into a more active life. 

Step 4: Set Realistic Goals 

We all walk before we run. Set goals that are within your power to accomplish or break a larger goal down into manageable steps. And take time to enjoy your successes.

Step 5: Know Your Basic Rights 

We all have basic rights. Among these are the right to be treated with respect, to say no without guilt, to do less than humanly possible, to make mistakes, and to not need to justify your decisions, with words or pain. 

Step 6: Recognize Emotions 

Our bodies and minds are one. Emotions directly affect physical well being. By acknowledging and dealing with your feelings, you can reduce stress and decrease the pain you feel. 

Step 7: Learn to Relax 

Pain increases in times of stress. Relaxation exercises are one way of reclaiming control of your body. Deep breathing, visualization, and other relaxation techniques can help you to better manage the pain you live with. 

Step 8: Exercise 

Most people with chronic pain fear exercise. But unused muscles feel more pain than toned flexible ones. With your doctor, identify a modest exercise program that you can do safely. As you build strength, your pain can decrease. You’ll feel better about yourself too. 

Step 9: See the Total Picture 

As you learn to set priorities, reach goals, assert your basic rights, deal with your feelings, relax and regain control of your body, you will see that pain does not need to be the center of your life. You can choose to focus on your abilities, not your disabilities. You will grow stronger in your belief that you can live a normal life in spite of chronic pain. 

Step 10: Reach Out 

It is estimated that one person in three suffers with some form of chronic pain. Once you have begun to find ways to manage your chronic pain problem, reach out and share what you know. Living with chronic pain is an ongoing learning experience. We all support and learn from each other.

To see full article from The American Chronic Pain Association please click here.