Why keep treating the symptoms with pain medications while your pain continues to gradually get worse? Want to know why you are hurting when the tests say there is nothing wrong? Want someone to listen to you and work with you in treating your pain?

Key Dates to Know

Key Dates to Know

**** 2018 Holiday Hours ****

Canadian Thanksgiving 2018
Closed Monday October 8th

Labor Day 2018
Closed Monday September 3rd

Thanksgiving 2018
Closed November 22nd and 23rd

Christmas 2018
Closed on Tuesday December 25th

New Years 2019
Closed on Tuesday January 1st

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Trigger Points ?

Trigger Points ?


Trigger points are “knots” in muscle that are more painful than expected and/or cause pain in other areas of the body. Although their true nature is uncertain, the dominant theory is that a trigger point (TrP) is a small patch of tightly contracted muscle; an isolated spasm affecting just a small patch of muscle tissue (not a whole-muscle spasm like a “charlie horse” or cramp). That small patch of knotted muscle cuts off its own blood supply which irritates the muscle even more — a vicious cycle called “metabolic crisis.” A collection of too many trigger points is called myofascial pain syndrome (MFPS).

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Aches and Pains

Aches and Pains

Most people think that pain is normal and they should just get used to living with pain, especially as we get older, but it isn't normal with normal activities. If you decide to run a marathon and you haven't trained, you would expect to hurt...normal...not smart but normal. If you walk to the end of the driveway to get the mail and you hurt...not normal. You may have already had x-rays and an MRI that is read as normal but that doesn't mean there isn't a reason for your pain, we just haven't found it yet. It is rare for people to make up pain and for someone to tell you it is all in your head, is often the same as "I can't figure it out..."

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So many people seem to think that they have pain just because they are getting older, or they had an injury such as a broken bone or a sprain, but now the injury is healed and the pain remains.  Sometimes the injury is big and dramatic, so everyone understands why you hurt, but what about the pain that has no “front page of the newspaper” spectacular story?  What about after the casts, the surgeries, the rehab, when they tell you by looking at the MRI, CT scan and x-rays “you should be better”, there is nothing physically wrong with you, or my favorite “It’s all in your head”.  Now I want to be abundantly clear with everyone – I think the vast majority of medical professionals are doing their best to find, diagnose and treat your injury or condition, but sometimes this stuff is hard to figure out.  By the time I get to see patients, they have several different “pain generators” – physical and real things that can cause pain.  Any one of these by itself can be overcome, but when they combine into a perfect storm, the effect is devastating and difficult to find on tests.  When I see a patient, I assume that the pain that they tell me about is real.   Yes, there are some out there that the pain is in their head but they really aren’t that common.  My job is to pay attention to the details, do a good thorough hands on exam, then put all the puzzle pieces together and then explain it in a way that makes sense to my patient.  The difference is the assumption that the pain my patient has is Real and by establishing that my goal is not to prove they are making it up, but rather to find it and figure out a way to treat it, and if they are willing…I will hang in there with them and work with them…then there is Hope.  There is hope for the physical pain we have in this life.

I am in the business of taking care of physical pain and we keep that as the main focus with patients.  I also believe in a spiritual hope and my most satisfying thing in the world is a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I love to be able to talk with patients about what God has done in my life, if they want to hear it.  If all I have done in my career is to end or reduce physical pain, illness even psychological pain for the few decades we have been granted, but do not offer hope in the face of a possible eternity of spiritual pain, then I really haven’t done the best that I could have for my patients.  We are openly “true Christians” in our office, but don’t let that scare you – we are normal (pretty much like family) so we all have quirks and that makes us lovable.  There are no sermons given nor judgements about your religion if it is different than ours.  We pray together for our patients, usually around 7:45.  If you have anything you want us to pray for you, let us know.  Thanks for letting me share.