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September is Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month

The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) established the first Pain Awareness Month in September 2001 in order to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding information on chronic pain and access to chronic pain treatment.

Raising Awareness

Valley Medical and Wellness understands that Chronic pain can interfere with every aspect of our lives - such as one's self-worth, physical health, jobs, relationships with friends and family, finances, and mental health. The ACPA states that "key to raising awareness is to get involved". You can help raise awareness by creating a dialogue with friends, family, and your heathcare provider about chronic pain and the barriers preventing some patients from accessing care (i.e. restrictive insurance policies, difficulty with transportation and mobility, past history of substance dependence, and more). 

Removing Barriers To Care

At any of the four Valley Medical and Wellness locations in Burnsville, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and Rochester, Minnesota we strive to improve the quality of life of those suffering from chronic pain through a comprehensive approach focusing on overall wellness along with progressive and knowledgeable medical treatments. We work with patients to help them navigate their insurance policies, obtain medical transportation, and find an effective pain management care plan despite their past.

Our pain management experts help patients identify the source of pain and develop appropriate, individualized, multimodal treatment plans to help patients improve their health and comfort, so they can return to being their best selves.

Pain management strategies are personalized to each patient and often incorporate physical and interventional pain therapies. The pain management experts at Valley Medical and Wellness treat a wide array of pain conditions including, but not limited to:

Some of the interventional services we offer include, but are not limited to:

If you're ready to restore your sense of wellness and independence from chronic pain, call the Valley Medicine and Wellness location nearest you or request a consultation using this website.

For more information about Pain Awareness Month and for helpful resources, check out the links below.

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Kate Cummings Kate graduated from Winona State University in 2016 with a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology. She has been with Valley Medical and Wellness (VMW) since 2017. She began her tenure with VMW as a Medical Assistant working with physicians and participating in procedures and intake of chronic pain and addiction patients. She was able to transfer her talents to clinic administration in her role as a Patient Care Coordinator in 2019 and then in 2020 as the Patient Scheduler Supervisor where she works closely with clinical operations, management and support, as well as assisting in the operation of our Covid-19 testing sites and various clinical project management duties and business growth initiatives. In her free time, Kate enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and her fiancé, Garret, and Australian Sheppard, Luna.

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