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FAQ.s

Our Office Hours Are:

Sunday – Closed

Monday – 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday – 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm  – Wednesday is the only day I do Prolotherapy treatment as I have to mix up all my solutions ahead of time.

Thursday – 8:30am-10:30am

Friday – 8:30am-12:00pm

Saturday – Closed

Please leave a message on my answering machine if you call outside of these hours.

1. Acupuncture

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

i. Many health conditions can be treated in this way although I mostly treat people for neuropathies or allergies.

ii. Occ. covered by Third Party Insurance.

  • IMS/GTT Acupuncture

i. This is a kind of Myofascial release kind of acupuncture treatment. Some physiotherapists at the Joint Clinic offer IMS and I offer a modified kind of IMS called Gokavi Transverse Technique.

ii. Occ. covered by Third Party Insurance

2. Trigger Point Injections

  • Trigger points are hyper irritated spots in fascia in skeletal muscle that
  • I inject these with a glucose/glycerin/xylocaine mixture.
  • Covered by MSP but materials are not so patients pay a tray fee. often cause referred pain not typical of nerve patterns.

3. Prolotherapy

  • Dextrose Prolotherapy

i. Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection technique which helps stimulate the body’s own healing of joints, ligaments and tendons especially after traumas.

ii. Not covered by MSP.

  • PRP Prolotherapy

i. PRP Prolotherapy is a subset type of Prolotherapy which utilized the person’s own “platelet rich plasma” which contains stem cells and growth factors that really promote healing.

ii. Not covered by MSP.

4. Neuroprolotherapy/Perineural injection treatments

  • This is a specialized injection technique that reduces “neurogenic
  • It acts similar to a nerve block but actually changes the nerve
  • Not covered by MSP inflammation” which results in neuropathic pain hyperexcitability

5. Caudal Epidurals

  • This helps spinal stenosis pain, where a 15% dextrose solution/xylocaine
  • Covered by MSP is injected into the caudal area under ultrasound guidance.

1. Acupuncture

a. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture.

i. Occ. covered by Third Party Insurance.

b. IMS/GTT Acupuncture

i. Occ. covered by Third Party Insurance

2. Trigger Point Injections

a. Covered by MSP but materials are not so patients pay a tray fee of $15.00

3. Prolotherapy

a. Dextrose Prolotherapy

i. Not covered by MSP

b. PRP Prolotherapy

i. Not covered by MSP

4. Neuroprolotherapy/Perineural injection treatments

i. Not covered by MSP

5. Caudal Epidurals

i. Covered by MSP

6. Nerve blocks including SSPG blocks

i. Covered by MSP

7. Group Medical Visits

i. Covered by MSP

  1. I am looking forward to getting to know you. My passion is to help you find ways of helping you getting more of your life back. My greatest joy is when you no longer have to see me but when I see you around town or walking on the beach.
  2. When my staff contacts you for your appointment, you are expected to call back more than 48 hours prior to your assessment to confirm you are coming. If you do not call back, your appointment will be given to another person and your referral will be sent back to your referring physician. I have long wait lists and it is simply courteous to allow others to come to see me if you no longer want to see me.
  3. You will be asked to print out and fill out the following assessments in order for me to better get to understand you and your pain. These are located on my Assessments tab. For most of you, the following will be important to do ahead of time:

         a. Medical History
         b. Brief Pain Inventory (BPI)
         c. PHQ-9
         d. Pain assessment score (PCS)
         e. Depending on your pain problem my staff may ask you to fill
         out additional forms

  4. Your first appointment is 30 minutes long. I will be sending your referring physician a consultation letter after our visit explaining my thoughts. We may or may not need to do additional investigations before we make a plan of treatment.
  5. I am hoping to get weekly pain informational group visits. Please ask my front staff for information about these group visits. They are intended to bring information and are not counselling sessions.
  6. If you need to cancel an appointment, please cancel 48 hours prior to your appointment time so I can arrange for someone else to fill your spot. If you do not and I am not able to fill your spot in that time, you WILL be charged a full appointment or treatment spot. Repeated missed appointments will result in my no longer being willing to see you.