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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Psychogenic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, chances are that you have probably seen a few doctors about how to get on the path to healing. Have you heard from any of them that the pain is all in your head?

This is something that we commonly hear, however according to the International Association of the Study of Pain’s definition of pain, anyone who believes he or she is in pain, is in fact in pain and it is real.

Chronic pain can be very unique in the terms of it not fitting a physician’s idea of a disease process because the work-up many not real definitive, measurable pathology and all objective- test results may be negative or have vague abnormalities.

In order to make a diagnosis, a psychiatrist or psychologist has to judge that psychological factors are much more important than physical ones regarding pain causality. Pain of psychological origin rules out muscle tension, which would make it physical in origin, and delusions or hallucinations, which would make it psychotic in origin.

These mental disorders have to be diagnosed before the pain can be dismissed as non-organic. If the physical trouble is of an unknown origin, it may mean that modern medicine has a limited understanding of this pain, not that the pain is psychogenic.

You can read more about psychogenic pain in chapter four of Dr. Gruft’s book, From Pain To Wellness.

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.