A Team Approach

Dr. James H. Gruft discusses the team approach, and how working together helps to ensure a better outcome.

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Comprehensive Pain Management

The most important issue in pain management is a focus on managing chronic pain symptoms as opposed to forcing a “quick fix” or masking symptoms without addressing their root and meaning.

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT) programs provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

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Meet Our Team

Meet Dr. Gruft and the From Pain to Wellness staff, learn about our services, and get the help you need.

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Treating Sleep Dysfunction

According to a recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology, approximately 3 out of 5 aging adults experience some form of sleep dysfunction. We can help you!

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Nutrition Is Medicine

High-quality dietary nutrients can alter the way our genes do their job while insufficient nutrient-intake due to a poor diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases.

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Types of Chronic Pain

Types of Chronic Pain

Pain that has continued for more than six months is generally classified as chronic pain.

There are various types of chronic pain – each is unique, and each must be addressed uniquely through treatment.

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Naperville Area Pain Center Points Way To The Future

Chicago Tribune Local

A recent report shows the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will transform the treatment of chronic pain…a health problem affecting 116 million American adults.

“We can’t wait. We want the government to step in,” says James Gruft M.D., founder of From Pain To Wellness in Oakbrook Terrace. The nationally known board-certified pain specialist has treated Chicago-area patients for over two decades.

Mandated by the ACA, The Institute of Medicine released its new blueprint for treating chronic pain this summer.[1] Its strategy calls for a “cultural transformation” and turns traditional concepts of pain management upside down.

The blue panel’s recommendations include 1) customized pain approaches for different ethnic groups, socioeconomic classes, genders, and other variables, 2) more stress on treatments that prevent future pain, 3) a greater focus on improving the patient’s overall quality of life and 4) extensive data outcomes to reward the most effective centers.

Dr. Gruft says, “The government seems to finally be encouraging, and rewarding, state of the art multi-disciplinary pain centers. The standard cookie-cutter approach of just using medications, physical therapy or interventions has not worked. It’s acknowledging that every patient perceives pain in his or her own unique way. Hopefully, these changes will soon be implemented at all pain clinics.”

At From Pain To Wellness every patient receives a customized care plan that along with physical therapy incorporates a tailor-made diet based on the patients unique nutritional status, stress management techniques, and special therapeutic lifestyle modifications.

“For instance,” says Dr. Gruft, “our center will mimic a patient’s home kitchen and teach them how to navigate that environment without pain. They’ll learn what specific motions to avoid. In the same vein patients spend up to three hours a day in a customized one-on-one physical therapy program, and they learn to prepare special pain-relieving food so they can continue that life-style modification at home.”

The goal is change a patient’s entire lifestyle so he can effectively transform his or her pain into something significantly more manageable. Under the ACA that comprehensive, preventive approach is being rewarded for the first time.

Better outcomes will also finally be rewarded. “Our success rate is far higher than average,” says Dr. Gruft. “That’s partly because of our comprehensive approach and partly because of the emphasis of our program on life-style modification. Now with accurate data outcomes we’ll finally be able to prove that…and be rewarded for that fact.”

The pain specialist says the ACA’s focus on wellness and preventive care may actually allow him to use “a larger set of tools” to help those with chronic pain. The center, for example, hopes to routinely perform hormonal and nutrient deficiency testing. He says the effects of nutritional treatment are also unique and doses should be customized.

“Our goal can’t just be to relieve pain, “says Dr. Gruft. “We literally have to transform our patients’ lives. The ACA finally acknowledges that for the first time. For us, the new era in pain management can’t come soon enough.”

By: Michael Breen





Author’s note: The advice/recommendations contained herein are an adjunct to, not a substitute for, regular medical therapy. If you have health problems please consult your physician for treatment of your condition(s). The recommendations contained in these blogs are based on the latest scientific information. Science is always evolving, however, and further understanding of medical nutritional therapy may lead to changes in the recommendations we make here.