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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

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

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Spinal Cord Sitmulation – Frequently Asked Questions

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

Spinal Cord Stimulation has been an increasingly popular and effective drug-free alternative. Today we are going to review and answer some of our most frequently asked SCS questions!

 

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

 

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

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

What does spinal cord stimulation feel like?

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

Will spinal cord stimulation therapy completely eliminate my chronic pain?

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

Will spinal cord stimulation eliminate other sources of pain?

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

Is spinal cord stimulation a new therapy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Paying it Forward to Save Lives

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

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

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

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

This is Frank

Frank Kallstrom-Twin Cities Pain Clinic patient-Pain pump recipient

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

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

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

Frank’s Struggle with Chronic Pain

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

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

Frank holding his daughter before chronic pain started

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

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

The Comeback Begins

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

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

Frank went back to school.

Frank graduating with his psychology degree

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

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

The Intrathecal Pain Pump

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

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

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

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

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

Frank is Back!

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

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

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

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

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

Frank at Clingmans Dome-Smoky Mountains

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

That there is paying it forward at its absolute finest.

BONUS! Check out Frank’s supersonic solving skills!

 

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

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Minnesota’s First Medtronic DTM™ SCS Trial

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

Medtronic DTM Spinal Cord Stimulator-First Trial in MN

What is DTM™ Spinal Cord Stimulation?

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

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

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

Spinal Cord Stimulation at Twin Cities Pain Clinic

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

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Spinal Cord Stimulation – Drug-Free Pain Relief

What is spinal cord stimulation?

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

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

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

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

What are the advantages of spinal cord stimulation?

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

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

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

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

What’s involved in a spinal cord stimulation trial?

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

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

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

Does my insurance cover spinal cord stimulation therapy?

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

Is spinal cord stimulation therapy safe?

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

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

Spinal Cord Stimulation at Twin Cities Pain Clinic

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

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

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2019 In Review – Part 5: Burnsville Surgery Center

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

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

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

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Living with Fibromyalgia

What is fibromyalgia?

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

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

Image depicting common pain points on the body

What causes fibromyalgia?

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

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

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Increased sensitivity to pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia.

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

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

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

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

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

What can I do to relieve my symptoms?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eating tips for chronic pain patients

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

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

Collection of fruits and vegetables that help relieve pain

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

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

 

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

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Sources:

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

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

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

2019 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 Transportation was launched, and it started with this beauty here:

Twin Cities Transportation Van-Twin Cities Pain Clinic

Twin Cities Transportation (TCT) is a service for patients undergoing procedures at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Many of our surgery patients require a ride home after their procedures, and TCT now allows us to give a lift to any patients who run into difficulties securing their own rides.

TCT is another great example of our dedication to breaking down barriers and offering our patients consistent and convenient access to the best possible pain care.

Mobile Pre-Check

January saw the roll out our new mobile pre-check feature! As the name suggests, mobile pre-check allows our patients to complete the appointment check-in process remotely from their smart phone or tablet prior to coming into the clinic.

This affords our patients additional flexibility in their daily schedules. They no longer have to come to the clinic as early to complete the onsite check in process.

Our front desk staff has been able to maximize their efficiency. Now they spend less time checking patients in and more time on other essential tasks.

It’s a win-win service, and just one more way we are making the experience better and more convenient for every patient.

Twin Cities Pain Clinic Headquarters Remodel

During fall of 2019, our administrative office building underwent an extensive remodel project. Now we have brand new carpet and tile, repainted walls, and a shiny new bathroom.

Twin Cities Pain Clinic-Remodeled Bathroom

The results speak for themselves, and we all love our new and improved office!

2019 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 spread around, and we’re proud of our employees for caring so much!

 

Valentines Candy Grams

February 11 – 13, 2019

Employees bought candy grams and sent them to fellow employees.

$426 raised and donated to the American Heart Association

 

Feed My Starving Children #1

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The TCPC team packed meals that would feed hungry children in need across the globe.

4,485 meals packed, which fed 12 children for a whole year.

 

Second Harvest Heartland

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

We joined a team to pack “rescued” food items to feed those in need.

5,762 pounds of food packed

 

Feed My Starving Children #2

Feed My Starving Children-Group Photo-Twin Cities Pain Clinic Outreach

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Our team participated in the Pack at the Park event at Target Field.

442 boxes packed, which is a total of 88,992 meals.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Breast Cancer Awareness Week-Group Photo-Twin Cities Pain Clinic Outreach

October 14 – 18, 2019

Employees could pay $5 to wear jeans for the week, with the company matching every dollar.

$300 donated, totaling $600 with the match.

 

Fall Food Drive

Boxes of Food Donations-November 2019 Food Drive-Twin Cities Pain Clinic Outreach

Month of November 2019

Food and monetary donations were collected and given to Second Harvest Heartland.

$200 gifted and 238 pounds of food collected.

 

Holiday Blankets

Stack of Handmade Blankets-Twin Cities Pain Clinic Outreach

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Staff members made tie blankets, gift bags and holiday cards for the Little Brothers of MN.

10 fleece blankets were made along with dozens of cards and bags.

 

Learn more about the charities we support:

https://www.heart.org

https://www.fmsc.org

https://www.2harvest.org

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org

https://www.littlebrothersmn.org

 

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2019 in Review – Part 2: PACT

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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 clinics. The effects often go beyond the physical and can be long-lasting. Successful pain treatment must provide patients with the maximum amount of relief, comfort and contentment at all times.

This is where PACT steps in to help. In a nutshell, the PACT program provides our patients with health coaching and self-care strategies to keep away the pain.

Health coach treating senior female chronic pain patientPACT allows our organization to extend the pain relief patients receive at our clinics. Along with receiving expert care from our pain professionals, our patients can now receive additional health coaching to identify their  personal risk factors and establish a plan take better care of themselves in their daily lives. The result is long-term pain relief, a healthy attitude and overall well-being.

This added layer of pain management care helps our patients achieve the best possible outcomes and improved quality of life, both now and into the future.

 

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