• Silhouette of woman with outstretched arms facing rising summer sunDo Heat and Humidity Affect Chronic Pain?
    Summer has not quite arrived, and already we are experiencing 90+ degree days and high humidity. These conditions are hard to handle for just about anyone, but if you suffer from chronic pain, it can be an especially challenging time. Why Does Weather Affect Pain? You may have heard someone warn of …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation implant placement illustrationSpinal Cord Stimulation – A Review
    At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we continually strive to pursue the most advanced treatments for patients with chronic pain.  Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) has been an increasingly popular and effective drug-free alternative for pain management. But have you ever wondered what a spinal cord stimulator …
  • Page Banner-Shelter in Place-Pain Relief TipsPain Relief Tips While Sheltering in Place
    The current COVID-19 outbreak has created unprecedented challenges for all of us. New terms like “social distancing” and “sheltering in place” have suddenly entered our social consciousness and become the new norm. While these behaviors are critically important to prevent the spread of the virus …
  • Telemedicine Cartoon Banner ImageThe Rise of Telemedicine
    As the world changes and technology continues to advance, the delivery of healthcare services has also changed rapidly in an effort to keep up. Along with pursuing the best quality care, the focus of many healthcare providers has progressed toward delivering that quality care in the most …
  • Twin-Cities-Pain-Clinic-Physician-Dr-Andrew-WillA Message from Twin Cities Pain Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Will Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    Providing our patients with a truly exceptional experience is a commitment we live by each and every day. Our top priority is providing the best possible pain care in an environment that is compassionate, clean and safe. We hold true to this promise, both in good times, and more importantly, in …
  • Frank Kallstrom-Twin Cities Pain Clinic patient-Pain pump recipientPaying it Forward to Save Lives
    An intrathecal pain pump helped save Frank Kallstrom’s life. But what he did next is is nothing short of incredible. Some people pay it forward by buying coffee or paying tolls for strangers. Frank Kallstrom pays it forward by offering strangers another chance at life. Our friend Frank can be …
  • Medtronic DTM Spinal Cord Stimulator-First Trial in MNMinnesota’s First Medtronic DTM™ SCS Trial
    On February 18, 2020, Dr. Andrew Will, Medical Director of Twin Cities Pain Clinic, along with our super talented surgical team, performed a trial procedure of the new Medtronic DTM™ spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system. This was the first DTM™ trial performed in the state of …
  • Spinal-cord-stimulator-device-for-back-painSpinal Cord Stimulation – Drug-Free Pain Relief
    What is spinal cord stimulation? Spinal cord stimulation therapy is an advanced technique for treating chronic pain. The therapy relies on a device named a spinal cord stimulator. The device emits mild electrical pulses to stimulate nerves and interrupt pain signals from reaching the brain. Spinal …
  • Burnsville Surgery Center Exterior2019 In Review – Part 5: Burnsville Surgery Center
    Back in 2016, we opened the doors of our first ambulatory surgery center in Edina, MN. Since then, Twin Cities Surgery Center has become a huge part of our organization, allowing us to provide our patients with convenient access to a much wider range of pain treatment options, all under one roof. …
  • Image depicting common pain points on the bodyLiving with Fibromyalgia
    What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia (pronounced: fi-bro-my-al-gee-uh) is a disorder that causes pain in your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. Unlike pain cause by injuries or illness, fibromyalgia can cause pain for little or  no reason. Fibromyalgia is thought to result from an imbalance …
  • Twin Cities Transportation Van-Twin Cities Pain Clinic2019 in Review – Part 4: A Bit of Everything
    Today we’re highlighting several big 2019 upgrades. They include the launch of our own transportation service, improving access to care with our mobile check in feature, and completing the first of several remodeling projects! Twin Cities Transportation We bought a van! In July, Twin Cities …
  • Feed My Starving Children-Group Photo-Twin Cities Pain Clinic Outreach2019 In Review – Part 3: Outreach
    TCPC Gives Back – 2019 Charity and Community Outreach Initiatives The Twin Cities Pain Clinic team is a generous bunch, and that generosity was on full display in 2019. From food drives to fundraisers, and even making gifts from scratch to donate, there was no shortage of joy and good will to …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic-logo image2019 in Review – Part 2: PACT
    In July of 2019, we made a commitment to further improving the health and well-being of our patients. Twin Cities Pain Clinic partnered with the Personalized Activated Care and Training program, known as PACT for short. We understand the impact of pain does not always end within the walls of our …
  • Ice pack on knee to relieve acute painWhat is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
    How is pain defined? Understanding the answer to this simple question can help you and your doctor find the best way to treat your pain. The first step is defining the common types of pain: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute Pain Acute pain is pretty much any pain that lasts less than three months. …
  • 2019 Year in Review-Banner Image2019 In Review – Part 1: Provider Growth
    2020 – it’s the start of a new year and a new decade. Everyone is settled back in after the holidays and ready to hit the ground running. We’re all looking ahead to the coming year and planning for how we’re going to improve over the year before. It turns out this is going to be quite the challenge …
  • Blankets and Bags 2019-Twin Cities Pain Clinic OutreachHoliday Blankets, Cards and Bags
    A bunch of super cool members of the Twin Cities Pain Clinic team showed their charitable side last week. With the holidays just around the bend, these gallant givers made the season a bit warmer and more cheerful for those in need. The team made some very comfy tie blankets, beautiful gift bags …
  • Boxes of Food Donations-November 2019 Food Drive-Twin Cities Pain Clinic Outreach2019 TCPC Fall Food Drive
    This November, Twin Cities Pain Clinic hosted a food drive in support of Second Harvest Heartland. Non perishable food items and monetary gifts were collected and donated to help people in need. Our team really stepped up and showed their generosity! 238 pounds of food donated $200 in monetary …
  • Vivian Ngongang-DNP-Twin Cities Pain Clinic-ProvidersTwin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes A New Provider
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic is pleased to welcome Vivian Ngongang Ogunyemi, DNP! Vivian is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and will see patients at our clinic in Edina. Get to know Vivian! Vivian Ngongang Ogunyemi, DNP Clinical Interests Patient education Interventional techniques Board Certifications …
  • Sciatica Word Cloud ImageSciatica in a Nutshell
    Sciatica is one of the most common causes of pain, with as many as 40% of people experiencing it at some point. It can range from a short-lived annoyance to a severe, debilitating disruption of everyday life. The good news is that there are care and treatment options that can relieve and sometimes …
  • Twin-Cities-Pain-Clinic-Doctor-Anne-Kokayeff-MDDr. Anne Kokayeff is DRG Certified!
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic is proud to announce that Dr. Anne Kokayeff is now certified to perform Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulator implant surgeries. To illustrate why this is a huge deal, here’s a quick crash course: The DRG is a bundle of nerves located in between the vertebrae that extend …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic Provider-Kjerstin Durie, PA-CTwin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes Two New Providers
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic is pleased to welcome its two newest providers to the team! Kjerstin Durie is a Certified Physician Assistant and will be seeing patients at our clinic in Woodbury. Mattew K. Gannott is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and will travel to all four of our clinic locations to …
  • Sheila & Kevin O'Leary-Becker's ASC Annual Meeting 2019Twin Cities Pain Clinic at Becker’s ASC 26th Annual Meeting
    Our Practice Administrator, Sheila Thompson, proudly represented Twin Cities Pain Clinic at the Becker’s ASC 26th Annual Meeting in Chicago from October 24-26. Becker’s Healthcare publishes resource materials for leaders in several medical fields. Among them is Becker’s ASC …
  • Abstract cloud of migraine related imagesThe Migraine Headache Guide
    FACT: Migraines headaches are painful, irritating, inconvenient and really just no fun at all. Aside from that, how much do you really know about migraines? What are they? Where do they come from? Why do we get them? How does one make them go away? Get ready to have all your questions answered, …
  • Cartoon image of a rake shovel and falling leavesTips for Pain-Free Raking this Fall
    What does Fall mean to you? Gorgeous colors, the crisp, cool air, football, pumpkin spice everything? Whatever the case, there is one thing that pretty much everyone thinks about when Autumn arrives – raking leaves. Whatever your opinion on raking, one thing is certain: It is not a quick and …
  • Understanding Headaches & Migraines
    Headaches & Migraines No matter who you are, you’ve probably experienced a few headaches in your life. It’s one of the most common reasons that keep people from going to work. Chronic primary headaches however, are a disease all their own. They are often triggered in normally …
  • StimWave system-product images-peripheral nerve stimulationPeripheral Nerve Stimulation
    Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is a treatment Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers to patients suffering from chronic pain. The benefit of peripheral nerve stimulation is that it can target nerves all over the body, instead of just those located in the spinal cord region. Stimulation can result in …
  • Spinal-Cord-Stimulation-Patient-and-DoctorHow Vince Got His Life Back With Spinal Cord Stimulation
    “For many years I was getting by, but never truly able to live.” The words of Vince, a patient at Twin Cities Pain Clinic, regarding the pain he had been experiencing for over a decade. In 2004 Vince underwent a microdiscectomy in his low back. A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to …
  • All About Osteoperosis
    Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle. They can become so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over, or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist, or spine. Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” When you look …
  • Map spread out on car dashboardHow to Survive a Road Trip with Persistent Pain
    If you have persistent back or neck pain, riding in a car for any period of time can be difficult. Riding in a car for an hour or more can be even more challenging. If you have a road trip or long car ride coming up, consider some of the following tips to make the trip as best as it can be. Take …
  • Employee Spotlight: Stacy
    Meet Stacy, Medical Biller at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Stacy was nominated by her fellow staff members for her continued hard work to always get to the root issue on commercial payer claim denials. Stacy is always determined to have claims paid correctly and the A/R be accurate. Thank you for your …
  • Image depicting common pain points on the bodyAll About Arthritis
    There are many different diseases that contribute to the 50 million American’s that experience chronic pain. One of those diseases is arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic in Woodbury, MNOur Woodbury Clinic Has Moved!
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic is excited to help meet the growing need for comprehensive pain management. We understand that when you are in pain, convenience is key. In pursuit of our mission, we are happy to provide excellent care, in a new comfortable location. Our new office location will proudly …
  • Feet and athletic shoes-one shoe causing foot painHow Your Feet Can Contribute to Your Persistent Pain
    Your feet get you from point A to point B, but as you walk I’m sure most of you don’t even notice how you walk. What you might not be aware of, is that your feet can play a significant role in your pain. The way you walk and stand can impact your whole body. According to Dr. Positano, director of …
  • Employee Spotlight: Crystal
    Meet Crystal, Medical Assistant at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Crystal was nominated by her fellow staff members for always going out of her way to help patients in any way she can. This winter she has helped brush snow off of patients cars and is always so kind to the patients she helps. Crystal …
  • How Botox Can Help In Pain Management
    What is used to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles can also help with chronic pain control, including back and nerve pain. Pain management and other alternative uses for Botox have shown how versatile and effective the treatment is. What is Botox? Botulinum Toxin (Botox) was originally approved by …
  • Close up illustration of DRG stimulator placement in the human bodyWhat is DRG stimulation?
    Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation is a type of therapy that provides relief from chronic neuropathic pain or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Neuropathic pain results from damage to or malfunction of nerves, which send pain signals to the brain. The peripheral nervous system includes all …
  • TCPC Welcomes Nancy Nyongesa, DNP, FNP
    Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our newest Burnsville provider! "I have 5 years of experience in pain management as a nurse practitioner. I strongly believe in positive patient-provider relationship and shared decision-making." "I am mother to two handsome boys. When I am not with …
  • Employee Spotlight: Ieasha
    Meet Ieasha, Patient Service Representative at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Ieasha was nominated by her fellow staff members for always going above and beyond with the patients she encounters. Ieasha continues to demonstrate exceptional customer service to the patients she helps. Your hard work does …
  • Pain-patient-holding-lower-backAll About Sciatica
    40% of people will experience sciatica during their life, ranking it one of the most common causes of persistent pain. “People who suffer from acute or chronic back pain tend to be more susceptible to sciatica,” says Dr. Jeffrey N. Katz, professor of medicine and orthopedic surgery at Harvard …
  • Employee Spotlight: Collin
    Meet Collin, Clinical Assistant at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Collin was nominated by his fellow staff members for always providing the highest quality of patient care and customer service. Collin is great with the patients and always has a great attitude at work. Your hard work does not go …
  • Employee Spotlight: Iris
    Meet Iris, Patient Services Representative at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Iris was nominated by her fellow staff members for going above and beyond with the patients she helps. She takes the time to get to know patients and makes sure they have everything they need and are ready for their appointment …
  • Image of elderly woman with pain doctorHow to Have the Conversation With Your Doctor about Your Pain
    When it comes to back and neck pain, there are few definitive tests that can accurately measure and diagnose it. Using an objective testing method such as an MRI or CT scan is not very helpful. Pain levels fluctuate, in terms of timing, intensity, and quality. Objective methods make it difficult to …
  • Employee Spotlight: Kristin
    Meet Kristin, Intake & Eligibility Representative at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Kristin was nominated by her fellow staff members for her dedication to her job. Kristin came in with such a positive attitude and willingness to learn. Her great personality is a wonderful addition to the team! Thank …
  • Collection of fruits and vegetables that help relieve painThe Best and Worst Foods for Persistent Pain
    Certain types of food can cause inflammation in the body. When consuming these inflammatory causing foods for a long period of time, one’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and pain syndromes increase. Chronic inflammation can even raise your risk of certain cancers and Alzheimer’s …
  • Employee Spotlight: Annushka
    Meet Annushka, Intake & Eligibility Peer Trainer at Twin Cities Pain Clinic! Annushka was nominated by her fellow staff members for her continued dedication to her job and helping new employees learn in the best way for them. She is a great team player and helps out anyone whenever they need …
  • When to Use Ice or Heat on an Injury
    Ice or heat? There is a lot of confusion around the topic of when to use ice on an injury or heat.  Using ice or heat is a cheap, easy, and safe treatment option to help with many common issues. The question is, when do you use heat and when do you use ice. Ice is for injuries. Using ice helps calm …
  • What Exactly is Degenerative Disc Disease?
    First, let’s understand your spine. Your spine is made up of 24 bones, called vertebrae. Muscles and ligaments connect these bones to the spinal column. The many muscles that connect to the spinal column help support the upright posture of the spine and move the spine. The spinal column is what …
  • Employee Spotlight: Pa Ta
    Meet Pa Ta, Medical Assistant at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Pa Ta was nominated by her fellow staff members for her continued willingness to help and always having a great attitude. Pa Ta is always willing to help others to make sure the day runs smoothly. Thank you for all you do Pa Ta! What is your …
  • Tech Neck: How to Avoid Neck Pain
    With all that our smartphones and tablets have to offer, we end up spending a lot of time on our devices, whether it's texting, emailing, or researching. Tech neck can begin to take place. Tech neck is a term coined to describe the position of the head and neck when the device is held at the chest …
  • Employee Spotlight: Carly
    Meet Carly, Administrative Assistant at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Carly was nominated by her fellow staff members for her continued effort in helping others and always going above and beyond her expected job duties. Carly always has a smile on her face and is always willing to help others out, it …
  • The Importance of Stretching
    Almost everybody knows that physical activity and exercise are very important. But, what a lot of people don’t know is how important stretching is. There are five components of physical fitness, and flexibility is one of them, with the other four being cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, …
  • Why Persistent Pain Patients Need Quality Sleep
    Does pain make the sleep worse or does poor quality sleep make the pain feel worse? It’s actually both. The subjected intensity of pain decreases when a person is well rested. It is estimated that 50-80% of chronic pain patients report sleep disturbances. The worst is when pain and sleep form a …
  • Get To Know our Radiology Technologists
    Radiologic technologists (rad techs) are the health care professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-ray examinations, magnetic resonance (MRI) scans and computed tomography (CT) scans. Some of them specialize in specific techniques such as cardiovascular-interventional …
  • Employee Spotlight: Bre
    Meet Bre, Administrative Assistant at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Bre was nominated by her fellow staff members for her consistent dedication and hard work. Bre is an instrumental piece for operations at the surgery center. With her able to get preop physicals several days in advance, she gives the …
  • How your Sweet Tooth is Affecting your Persistent Pain
    It is widely known that eating too much sugar causes obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, but did you know that it could be contributing to your muscle and joint pain as well? We all know that sugar is a main ingredient in foods such as candy, cakes, ice cream, and other deserts, but there is also …
  • Employee Spotlight: Pamela-2.0
    Meet Pamela, Medical Assistant, and Medical Assistant Trainer mainly at Twin Cities Pain Clinic in Maple Grove. Pamela was nominated by her fellow employees for always being so flexible with jumping in to help whenever she can to try and keep things on track as well as keeping on top of all her …
  • Sonya’s Story: Great Relief With NEW Mild Treatment
    There are so many simple things in life that we all take for granted when we are not living with persistent pain. For one woman, the sheer act of standing and walking, made her day-to-day life very difficult. Too many Americans live in constant pain every day, where it is taking over their lives. …
  • TCPC Welcomes Peg Maude-Griffin, Ph.D., L.P.
    Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our new clinical psychologist. Peg Maude-Griffin, Ph.D., L.P. “I am committed to helping patients create a self-care plan that will give them confidence in their ability to decrease their pain, restore functioning, and improve their quality of life. …
  • Persistent Pain and Anxiety
    Does anxiety cause pain, or is the pain causing anxiety? (It’s actually both.) Pain can be a common symptom and sometimes a good indicator of an anxiety disorder, particularly generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. GAD occurs when that feeling …
  • Image of common pain points around the bodyKnow Your Pain: The Different Types of Persistent Pain
    Neuropathic Pain Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage to or malfunction of the nerves themselves. The peripheral nervous system includes all the nerves that lead to and from the spinal cord. The nerves transmit pain signals to the brain. If the nerves are injured, neuropathic pain may develop …
  • Employee Spotlight: Laila
    Meet Laila, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Laila was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for consistently displaying the ability to learn new things quickly and adapt/overcome challenges. Laila is always willing to learn and help out when she can. Thank you for all you do! What …
  • Interview with Twin Cities Pain Clinic’s Physical Therapist: Maureen Henderson
    In November, Maureen will be celebrating her 12th year with Twin Cities Pain Clinic. She has been a practicing physical therapist for the past 41 years. Maureen attended college at the University of Colorado. She is a very avid outdoor person. Some of her favorite activities are hiking, swimming …
  • What Physical Therapy Can Do For You
    Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed health care professionals who can help you reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. PTs can teach you how to prevent or manage your condition so that you will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using …
  • Employee Spotlight: Sarah
    Meet Sarah, Project Coordinator at Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Surgery Center. Sarah was nominated by her fellow employees for always being so helpful and quick to respond when there is any IT issue or questions in general. Sarah always has a positive attitude and is patient and thorough whenever …
  • Opioid Epidemic: A Public Health Crisis
    In October 2017, the President of the United States declared the opioid epidemic a public health crisis. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were over 60,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016. That is more than 100 fatal overdoses every day. This …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic Announces Clinical Research Team
    September 26, 2018 – Edina, Minnesota, USA – Twin Cities Pain Clinic recently announced the addition of their Clinical Research Team. Twin Cities Pain Clinic is a center of excellence for comprehensive pain management in Minnesota. The company serves patients from across Minnesota with 4 clinic …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic: 5K
    TWIN CITIES PAIN CLINIC & SURGERY CENTER HOST FIRST ANNUAL PAIN AWARENESS 5K September 22, 2018 – Edina, Minnesota, USA – To celebrate September as Pain Awareness Month, Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Surgery Center held their first annual Pain Awareness 5k. Staff members, along with their family …
  • Employee Spotlight: Karen
    Meet Karen, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Karen was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for being humble, kind, and providing an extremely high level of care for her patients. Karen is always willing to help her teammates and provides great energy to the team. Thank you for …
  • Exercise to Ease Pain
    Exercise may be the last thing you want to do if you experience persistent pain, but it can be one of the best things you can do to help manage your symptoms. Remember, exercise is medicine! Inactivity causes muscles and joints to weaken over time, but exercise can help those with persistent pain …
  • CBS: Medtronic Implantable Device Provides Alternative To Opiates
    Click here to read the full story from CBS. …
  • Employee Spotlight: Kristen
    Meet Kristen, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Kristen was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for always going above and beyond to help both her fellow staff members and her patients. Kristen always has a positive attitude and continues to improve her excellent nursing skills. …
  • Employee Spotlight: Abbie
    Meet Abbie, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Abbie was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for always going above and beyond the task at hand. Abbie is a great patient advocate and dedicates her days to providing the highest level of care to her patients. Thank you for all you do! …
  • Employee Spotlight: Weston
    Meet Weston, an Authorization Specialist for Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Weston was nominated for the employee spotlight for his phenomenal customer service skills. Weston makes sure that every patient receives excellent and convenient service. Thank you for your hard work, Weston!   What is your role …
  • Understanding Radiofrequency Ablation
    What is Radiofrequency Ablation?  Radiofrequency ablation (neurotomy) is a procedure to help relieve pain that originates from the facet joints or your  neck or back. Each bone in your spine is connected by two facet joints on each side. The facet joints allow your spine to bend and rotate. …
  • Employee Spotlight: Jessica
    Meet Jessica, the Spinal Cord Stimulator Coordinator for Twin Cities Pain Clinic & Surgery Center. Jessica was nominated for her close attention to detail. Jessica's work days are devoted to helping our patients through the process of Spinal Cord Stimulator trial and implant. Thank you for …
  • Whiplash: What Other’s May Not Understand
      “You felt fine after the accident. Why are you experiencing pain now?” “My friend recovered from whiplash within a few days. I’m sure it’s all in your head.”   Despite what others may think, whiplash symptoms can indeed be mysterious and evolve over …
  • Employee Spotlight: Shannon
    Meet Shannon, a certified medical biller and coder for Twin Cities Surgery Center and our Employee Spotlight this week! Shannon was nominated  by her supervisor for always going above and beyond to make sure claims are billed properly. Thank you for all of your hard work, Shannon! What is your role …
  • TCPC Welcomes Two New Providers
    Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our newest providers!     Britta Carlson, PA-C  Britta Carlson will be joining the Woodbury clinic as a Certified Physician Assistant. Britta offers her patients wellness and preventative medicine and management of chronic pain. In her spare time she …
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes Dr. Travis O’Brien
    Please join us in welcoming our newest physician! Travis O'Brien, MD "Individuals with chronic pain require a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to achieve the best outcomes. This may include therapies, injections, medications, psychologic interventions, and implantable devices. As a …
  • Employee Spotlight: Laura
      Thank you for your hard work, Laura! …
  • Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves
    Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves The spinal cord is the main pathway of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It is a long, fragile, tube-like structure that extends downward from the base of the brain. The cord is protected by the back bones of the spine. Any …
  • Counting Steps to Joint Health
        Counting Steps to Joint Health It is a well-known fact that exercising can help ease the pain associated with arthritis. Walking 10,000 steps a day, which is roughly equivalent to walking 5 miles, is now widely recommended by exercise experts as a target number for improving the average …
  • Employee Spotlight: Linnea
    Thank you for your hard work! …
  • TCPC named a Top Workplace
    TCPC named a Top Workplace by Star Tribune! Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a National Standard Top Workplace by the Star Tribune! The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an internal employee survey. Over 2,000 organizations were invited to participate in …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Explained
  • Employee Spotlight: Kaitlyn
  • Employee Spotlight: Latifah
    Thank you for all of your hard work, Latifah! …
  • Prevent Back Pain on the Golf Course
    Summer is approaching and the golf season is already underway! Unfortunately, too often players have thrown out their clubs due to their persistent pain. Back and wrist pain are among some of the most common complaints from avid golfers. Rotational forces, impact stress, overuse, inadequate …
  • Employee Spotlight: Hailey
    Thank you for all of your hard work, Hailey! …
  • Doctor helping elderly woman with physical therapy.How Does Physical Therapy Treat Pain?
    Physical therapists are experts in identifying the source and treating pain. These specialists look for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding unnecessary pain to the affected areas. Physical therapists are able to compile a unique regimen to ease your pain and help you move better.   …
  • Chronic Pain & Your Loved Ones
    Chronic pain affects a person emotionally, physically, financially and socially. This additional stress can affect our physical and emotional well-being. Chronic pain can leave you feeling isolated and hopeless. Learning how to educate your loved ones is a critical step in taking control of your …
  • Employee Spotlight: Aubrey
      Thank you for all of your hard work, Aubrey! …
  • Is Tech Neck Real?
    Tech Neck Cell phones and tablets are a modern-day convenience that make many things in our day-to-day routine easier for us. Despite the convenience factor, many people would agree that they can be a real pain in the neck, literally. Virtually unheard of 5 years ago, tech neck is a term used to …
  • Benefits of Water Exercise
    Benefits of Water Exercise 1.Strengthens Muscles and Builds Stamina – Aerobics, in general, focuses on large muscles such as those in your limbs. Combine it with water resistance and you’re left with stronger muscles! The force of water from all directions on your body’s surface …
  • Moving From Patient to Person
    *This is a repost from the American Chronic Pain Association* Making the journey from patient to person takes time. The isolation and fear that can overwhelm a person with chronic pain grows over time. And the return to a fuller, more rewarding life also takes time. It’s a journey with many …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Success Story!
  • Illustration of X-ray of Human Body with An Intrathecal Pain Pump ImplantedNEW! Micro-Dosing Intrathecal Pain Pump Therapy
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic Offers New Pain Pump Micro-Dosing Treatment    Twin Cities Pain Clinics have been experts in Intrathecal Therapy for years, but Micro-Dosing is a new option for this pain treatment. Micro-Dosing follows FDA guidelines and requires specific preparation prior to the …
  • When To Seek Pain Management
    When should I seek help for pain management?  Patients suffering from chronic pain should not wait until their pain is so severe that it has begun to affect their lifestyle. Often patients who suffer from a post-surgical or traumatic injury are referred by their surgeon. When the pain persists for …
  • Health coach treating senior female chronic pain patientImproving Quality of Life with Fibromyalgia
    People with fibromyalgia can improve how they feel. “This may seem out of reach when you’re feeling hopeless and depressed, but it’s true,” said Twin Cities Pain Clinic Nurse Practitioner and fibromyalgia specialist, Nancy Cleveland. “The first step is to rule out …
  • Depression and Chronic Pain
    Unlearning Helplessness: Fighting Depression and Staying Optimistic When Dealing With Chronic Pain In the medical and psychological communities, the idea that a sick person’s mental status and stress-coping mechanisms affect their body is hardly new. Years of studies have demonstrated the …
  • Eating Your Way to Reduced Pain
    Food Tips for Chronic Pain Patients With treatment from a pain specialist, physical therapy, and some other lifestyle alterations, chronic pain patients can help keep their pain under control. Research is showing that what we eat can also have an effect on the body’s pain levels – …
  • Preventing Knee Pain
    Keeping your knees agile and pain-free! Minnesotans are known for pushing themselves to the limit in order to make the most of our long summer days – golfing, tennis, water skiing, biking, and running can all take a toll on the knees, especially if you’re middle-aged. Almost one in …
  • Botox Injections for the Treatment of Migraine Headaches
    We’ve all heard of Botox, responsible for generations of smooth foreheads in Hollywood. But Botox has also brought relief to many people who suffer from chronic medical conditions. In 2018 Botox was approved for use with chronic migraine, and many patients are reporting success. What do you …
  • Measuring Your Pain: How Doctors Standardize the Subjective
    Measuring Your Pain: How Doctors Standardize the Subjective Pain is – in its nature – a personal experience. Though it has a definite physical cause, your pain is as subjective as your emotions and identifying its root cause can be difficult without a concrete method of defining it. For …
  • Patient Satisfaction
    Take a look at patient reviews of the doctors and staff at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. We welcome feedback about our team, pain care clinics & surgery center so we can continuously improve processes and the overall experience.    Location: Woodbury Clinic  “I am truly grateful for the …
  • Raymond’s Story
    Raymond Ramirez received a Spinal Cord Stimulator at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Before the procedure, Raymond was extremely limited by his chronic pain.   Raymond Ramierz has some salient advice for other pain patients: Don’t give up the first time you hear a doctor say …
  • Pain Diaries for Chronic Pain
    Why Pain Diaries Work Your doctor needs detailed data to plot out the causes and triggers of your chronic pain and build a treatment plan. When he/she asks how you have been in the past month or two, you need to be ready to provide specifics.  “My back is bothering me worse than ever” …
  • Dr. Will & Dr. Haas Implant New Spectra WaveWriter by Boston Scientific
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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 Spinal Cord Stimulator:

The Generator – A small device that sends out mild electrical pulses, which contains a battery. This is implanted in your body.

 

 

 

 

The Leads – Thin insulated wires that carry the electrical pulses from the generator to your spinal cord. These are placed in your body along your spinal cord.

 

 

The Patient Controller – A handheld “remote control” that allows you to adjust the strength and location of stimulation or even turn stimulation off. Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers all of the leading SCS brands. Ask your provider today to help determine the right device for you!

 

Click here to read more about Spinal Cord Stimulation.

Click here for SCS Frequently Asked Questions.

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, more comfortable Thanksgiving!

 

1.  Make a list of your priorities

Before the holidays approach, think about what you really enjoy about this time of year. Make a list of your favorite activities. If a longtime tradition has become more of a chore than a celebration, take it off your list.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, you may need to make a few changes to your holiday plans that require a lot of standing, bending or lifting. If you love to cook a big family meal, for instance, see if a friend or family member would be able to stop by and help so you aren’t bending over a hot oven by yourself.

 

2.  Let others help

“If there’s anything I can do, let me know!” We have all heard this before. This is the time of year to have your answer ready! Whether it is shoveling the sidewalk, picking up the ingredients for a pumpkin pie, or bringing in the Christmas tree. Make a detailed list of your holiday duties that could add to your pain – and leave yourself off the list. See if there is a family member or friend that could help you out with the more difficult tasks.

Setting priorities and doing less can be difficult, especially if you’re someone who usually takes care of everyone else. By planning ahead and delegating duties you are making a very important commitment to your health and well-being.

 

3.  Keep moving

Climbing a ladder to put the star on the top of the tree should be avoided, but don’t abandon your exercise routine. Stretches and gentle aerobic exercises, such as walking, can help improve your outlook by producing endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever.

Exercise can help counteract depression, which has the potential to develop alongside chronic pain. Swimming or doing water exercises in a warm pool can be a soothing health break from the holiday rush.

 

4.  Get it delivered

Many of your local restaurants and retailers offer delivery services. Call your favorite restaurant or grocery store or check on its website to learn about delivery options. Some places offer economical dinner packages for a group. Avoiding the bending, lifting and twisting involved in shopping and cooking for a large group is probably worth the cost of the meal.

 

5.  Travel Pain Free

Traveling during the holidays can aggravate your pain. Make sure to consider your pain while scheduling flights or long car rides. Try to book a direct flight when possible, the less time spent cramped in the air the better. Bring a back support cushion, back roll, or even a couple of pillows to support your back, keeping pain at bay.

Pack light- a heavy bag can be more than just an inconvenience, it can cause or aggravate back pain by straining muscles and joints. To avoid unnecessary strain, it’s best to use a light suitcase with wheels and a handle for rolling it. Instead of stuffing one large suitcase full, it’s often better to use a few smaller bags. 

 

Ask the Professionals

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact your provider at Twin Cities Pain Clinic for tips, tricks, or resources that align with your particular diagnosis or pain situation. Be thorough in your travel plans to ensure we can best meet your needs.

 

From the Twin Cities Pain Clinic family to yours, we wish you safe travels and a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your loved ones.

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 pain, and shoulder pain can all be successfully treated with a joint injection!

 

How Does It Work?

A joint injection is a procedure used to help treat inflammatory conditions of the hip, shoulder, or knee. A long acting anti-inflammatory medication (steroid) mixed with a local anesthetic (numbing agent) is injected into the joint. The steroid helps to decrease the inflammation that causes swelling which should reduce the pain. These injections may contain various medications; a physician will determine what is appropriate based on your particular condition.

 

The Procedure

The injection is done by a physician under fluoroscopy (x-ray) or ultrasound. You will be brought into the procedure room and placed in position for the injection. If you are receiving oral or IV sedation, this will be administered prior to the procedure. Your skin will be cleaned at the injection site. The fluoroscope (x-ray machine) or ultrasound will be used to help visualize the needle as it is guided to the appropriate site and the numbing medication mixed with steroid is then injected. After the needle is remove, the site may be covered with a small bandage.

We recommend that you take it easy for the remainder of the day. You may resume normal activities the next day. You may experience tenderness or aggravated symptoms for several days after the injection. You may use ice packs to help with this pain. Patients usually feel relief after a few days; however, it may take 10-14 days to take effect.

 

Results?

Pain relief using join injections is expected to last several months or longer. If needed, the injections may be repeated a few times during the year. Although the injections do not change the underlying condition, they can break the cycle of pain and inflammation and allow time for exercise or physical therapy to strengthen muscles and get the joint moving again in order to decrease ongoing problems. This innovative procedure promotes healing and the potential for permanent improvement.

 

Learn more about Bursa Injections, Epidural Steroid Injections, Sympathetic Nerve Blocks, and Radiofrequency Neurotomy for the treatment of pain. 

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 sore backs. This trend holds true for men and women, manual laborers and white-collar workers. These investigations raise many new questions about the root causes of pain. It also gives smokers a new motivation to pursue a healthy and pain-free lifestyle by “putting out” their old habit. (2)

According to many pain management specialists, smoking and nicotine use may worsen your pain over time. Did you know, smokers are nearly three times as likely to get lower back pain? About 18 percent of people in the United States are smokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet smokers make up more than 50 percent of patients who seek pain treatment. (1)

 

Smoking is more than a bad habit.

The nicotine in tobacco can trick the body into feeling good – at first. It triggers the release of chemicals, like dopamine, which give off a satisfying, “reward” sensation. It’s what makes smoking so addictive.

But that same tobacco also impairs the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to bones and tissues. Decreasing blood and nutrient flow can cause degeneration, particularly in discs of the spine, which already have more limited blood flow. The result can be lower back pain and sometimes osteoporosis.

Physicians also link smoking with fatigue and slower healing, factors that make painful conditions more prominent. Researchers are exploring even more physiological reasons why smoking makes people with fibromyalgia, arthritis and other chronic pain hurt more. (1)

 

Quit Today

Giving up cigarettes will dramatically lower the risk of serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Kicking the bad habit may also help diminish your back pain!

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has some suggestions on how to help you quit smoking:

·        Schedule your “quit day”

·        Ask your doctor about medication or nicotine replacement products.

·        Get support from family and friends, or join a support group.

·        Avoid alcohol and other triggers

·        Take a walk whenever you feel the urge to smoke.

 

Our bodies are made up of many remarkable systems. When we make healthy lifestyle choices, it has the opportunity to run like a well-oiled machine. Smoking cessation, healthy diet, and exercise are all decisions that will help you live your life with less pain! 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

(1.) https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/08/why-smoking-will-worsen-your-chronic-pain/

(2.) https://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/back-care-6/backache-news-53/back-pain-and-smoking-645336.html

Palmer, K.T. et al. Smoking and musculoskeletal disorders: Findings from a British national survey. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. January 2003. 62: 33-36.

Goldberg, M.S. et al. A review of the association between cigarette smoking and the development of nonspecific back pain and related outcomes. Vol.25 (8): 995-1014.

Deyo, R.A. and J.N. Weinstein. Primary care: Low back pain. New England Journal of Medicine. Vol. 344 (5) 363-370.

Mikkonen, P, et al. Is smoking a risk factor for lower back pain in adolescents? A prospective cohort study. Spine. March 1, 2008; 33(5): 527-32.

 

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!

 

Keep Moving: An exercise routine that combines stretching, strengthening, and aerobic activity will keep your body and mind healthy! 

Eat Your Veggies: Proper nutrition is key to a healthy and active lifestyle! Try to choose whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Say no to Smoking: It is no secret that smoking has negative effects on your overall health, but did you know that smokers experience more spine pain and heal more slowly than nonsmokers?

Catch some ZZZ’s:  Getting proper rest is vital to your overall health. Choose a mattress and pillow that are comfortable and keep your head and spine aligned during your beauty rest.  

Stand up Straight: By practicing good posture you are promoting a strong and healthy spine! When you slouch or stoop, your muscles and ligaments strain to keep you balanced – which can lead to back pain.

Bottoms Up: Drinking more water throughout your day is a simple preventative step to protect against developing back pain and can even help reduce existing back pain.

Lighten Your Load: If your backpack or purse tips the scales at more than 10% of your weight, it’s too heavy! When choosing a bag try to find one with a long strap that is positioned across your chest, like a messenger bag!

Strengthen That Core: Having strong abdominal muscles can help protect your back from injury.

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, offering the most advanced treatment options.

 

According to Abbott, the new Proclaim platform is the only system that is FDA-approved to stimulate the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), an effective therapy that provides precise relief for patients suffering from focal chronic pain of the lower limbs due to CRPS. The Proclaim DRG Neurostimulator is the most advanced technology for patients’ convenience and comfort.  

 

At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we have made it our mission to help patients get back to living their life with less pain. Dr. Will and his team of trained professionals combine compassion with extensive medical knowledge and the most recent technology to give their patients the best treatment in pain management possible. 

Click here to read more about DRG Stimulation.

 

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 available to combat the opioid crisis.


Local medical device companies joined forces with local lawmakers to tackle the opioid addiction crisis. The focus of the roundtable, hosted by Medical Alley Association, was to bring up new alternatives that do not involve using prescription opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Will and the medical community wanted to shine the spotlight on other treatment options to curb the opioid addiction.

“Opioids are not cheap even though they may look like it at first glance,” said Dr. Andrew Will, medical director of the Twin Cities Pain Clinic. “Some of them honestly are expensive right at first glance, Sometimes they’re over $1,000 a month just for the medication. Some of the other procedures we’re talking about, even though they have a bigger upfront cost, pay for themselves in two years.”

Intrathecal Pain Pumps, Injections, Spinal Cord Stimulators and physical therapy are some of the alternatives. It is important to note that there is no one therapy that will work for everyone. Chronic pain is unique to every individual, and treatment plans need to be individualized to each patient.

The summit on October 2nd is the first of a series of roundtable meetings hosted by Medical Alley Association.

 

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 offer the Intellis™ platform including the world’s smallest implantable spinal cord stimulator (SCS) for the management of certain types of chronic intractable pain.

Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that can negatively impact all aspects of a person’s life – relationships, work productivity and activities of daily living, yet it remains under-recognized and undertreated.1 Chronic pain is challenging to manage and neurostimulation has been proven to provide effective long-term pain relief and improve quality of life, in addition to being a treatment option for patients interested in trying a non-drug alternative.2-6

Access to a new cutting-edge treatment option should offer new hope to Minnesota residents struggling with debilitating pain, like William “Bill” Kuehl. Bill was one of the first in Minnesota to receive the new Intellis™ SCS device. Bill’s pain started as a result from meningitis and a hip replacement. Since then he has struggled with severe pain in his back and lower limbs. When asked about how his new SCS has affected his quality of life and overall health he responded with, “When the SCS is turned on, life is great! I cannot imagine living without it.”

Bill enjoys nature and considers himself to be a true outdoorsman. He is a wonderful photographer, and with the help of his Spinal Cord Stimulator his is able to continue his passion by catching unique perspectives of wildlife and landscapes. He enjoys spending time with his family, and traveling with his wife, Marilyn. Bill is truly excited for his new Intellis Spinal Cord Stimulator and all of the user-friendly adaptions it has to offer. When asked if he would recommend the treatment option of spinal cord stimulation to others he responded with, “All I can say is, WOW!”

William Kuehl is willing to share his motivating, first-hand experience to help others and Dr. Will also welcomes the opportunity to further discuss chronic pain and treatment options. If you have a question regarding Spinal Cord Stimulation or our treatment options, do not hesitate to call our clinic at 952-841-2345.

Chronic pain has a significant personal impact and the fact that Spinal Cord Stimulation may provide pain relief is extremely important as Minnesota and the nation prepares to combat the opioid crisis. Spinal Cord Stimulation fights pain with technology and is a revolutionary non-opioid therapy.

 

References:

1 Mekhail N, Wentzel DL, Freeman R, Quadri H. Counting the costs: case management implications of spinal cord stimulation treatment for failed back surgery syndrome. Prof Case Manag. 2011;16(1):27-36.

2 North RB., Kidd DH., Farrokhi F, et al. Spinal cord stimulation versus repeated lumbosacral spine surgery for chronic pain: a randomized, controlled trial. Neurosurg; 56: 98–106 (2005).

3 Kumar K., Taylor RS., Jacques L, et al., Spinal cord stimulation versus conventional medical management for neuropathic pain: a multicenter randomised controlled trial in patients with failed back surgery syndrome. Pain; 132: 179–188. (2007).

4 Kemler MA., De Vet HCW., Barendse GAM et al., The effect of spinal cord stimulation in patients with chronic reflex sympathetic dystrophy: two years’ follow-up of the randomized controlled trial. Ann Neurol; 55: 13–18 (2004).

5 Taylor RS, Spinal cord stimulation in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Refractory Neuropathic Back and Leg Pain/Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: results of a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain Symptom Manage; 31: S13–S19 (2006).

6 Cameron T, Safety and efficacy of spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain – a 20 year literature review. J Neurosurg Spine; 100: 254–267 (2004).