Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

Burnsville Surgery Center Receives AAAHC Accreditation

Twin Cities Pain Clinic is very proud to announce that our newest affiliate ambulatory surgery center has just received its official accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The state-of-the-art Burnsville Surgery Center attained this distinction by undergoing an extensive self-assessment and onsite survey by AAAHC expert surveyors, including physicians, nurses, and administrators, who are actively involved in ambulatory care. Accreditation is only given to facilities that adhere to rigorous, nationally-recognized standards of care and safety.

“Our organization prioritizes exceptional patient experiences and top quality care,” said Sheila Thompson, Practice Administrator for Twin Cities Pain Clinic. “Obtaining this accreditation is an important step in establishing our facility as a safe, clean, and highly effective surgical center for excellence. A lot of people worked very hard to get us to this point, and we couldn’t be more proud of this achievement.”

Burnsville Surgery Center is a brand new, multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center located in Burnsville, Minnesota. Equipped with the latest technology and modern amenities, the facility is able to accommodate a wide range of surgical procedures encompassing numerous medical specialties. For more information, visit burnsvillesurgerycenter.com.

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Learn more: burnsvillesurgerycenter.com

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The Rise of Telemedicine

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

What is Telemedicine?

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

How Does Telemedicine Work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Are the Benefits of Telemedicine?

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

It’s Safe

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

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

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

It’s Convenient

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

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

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

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It’s Everywhere

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

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

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

What Does it Mean to Me?

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

Telemedicine at Twin Cities Pain Clinic

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

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Do Heat and Humidity Affect Chronic Pain?

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

Why Does Weather Affect Pain?

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

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

Changes in temperature and barometric pressure

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

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

Dehydration

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

How Can I Relieve My Pain in Summer?

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

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Stay Cool

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

Stay Healthy

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

Stay Hydrated

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

 

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

Pain Management at Twin Cities Pain Clinic

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

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References:

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

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

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