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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Tests Offered

Are you or your loved ones experiencing…
  • Inability to focus and/or perform tasks at work due to pain?
  • Constant Fatigue?
  • Sudden drops in energy levels throughout the day?
  • Bloating, tiredness, and/or changes in mood after eating a meal?

Inability to Focus: Anyone with poor concentration or attention must first look at their sleep quality. Even if you think you’re sleeping an adequate number of hours, waking up unrefreshed may be a sign of poor quality sleep (see heading Sleep Dysfunction).

Inability to focus may also be secondary to allergen exposure – both environmental and/or food allergens, or it may be due to nutrient deficiencies or toxic exposure. All of these maladies can be determined by ordering the right diagnostic tests, all of which are routinely performed at the From Pain to Wellness Health Center.

Constant Fatigue: Fatigue is a complaint that has many possible causes. Among them are poor quality sleep, allergen exposure, nutrient deficiency or depression. At From Pain to Wellness, a comprehensive attempt is made to figure out what the possible cause of the fatigue may be. Through comprehensive nutrient and allergy testing, as well as dietary analysis, the reasons for the fatigue are often determined and an effective treatment program is prescribed.

Sudden drops in energy levels throughout the day: Sudden drops in energy, like fatigue, may have many possible causes. Among them are: poor quality sleep, allergen exposure, nutrient deficiency and/or depression. At From Pain to Wellness, a comprehensive attempt is made to figure out what the possible cause of the energy drop is. Through comprehensive nutrient and allergy testing, as well as dietary analysis, the reason for the loss of energy is often determined and an effective treatment is prescribed.

Bloatedness, tiredness, and/or changes in mood after eating a meal: An amazing seventy percent of all our immune cells are located in our gut. The gastrointestinal tract is the great road in from the outside world. At From Pain to Wellness, we attempt to understand the workings of your GI tract:

Do you have any digestive or absorptive problems in your gut? Do you suffer from a lack of digestive enzymes or acids? Do you have food allergies or parasites?

Through comprehensive nutrient and allergy testing, as well as dietary analysis, the reasons for the bloating, the tired feeling and changes in mood after a meal are often determined and an effective treatment is prescribed.

See Below for A List Of Tests We Offer

Allergy Testing

Purpose:
To assess whether you have a problem with any of the following:
• Food sensitivities/allergies
• Gluten allergy/sensitivity
• Environmental allergies/sensitivities
• Candida overgrowth/allergy/sensitivity

Procedure:
You just need to have your blood drawn by a nurse at From Pain to Wellness. That’s it!

Results/Treatment:
If you are found to have any sensitivities/allergies, recommendations will be made how to correct or treat these sensitivities/allergies with probiotics, prebiotics, pharmaceuticals, nutrients or botanicals. You should feel a whole lot better as treatment progresses. You will be given a “shopping list,” containing food you can eat.

What’s next?
The testing should be repeated in about 3 months to see how far the sensitivities/allergies have been corrected.

Nutritional Deficiency Testing

Purpose:
To assess whether you have a deficiency or problem with any of the following:
• Vitamins
• Minerals
• Antioxidants
• Essential amino acids (required to repair damaged muscle, detoxifying the body, etc.)
• Essential fatty acids (needed for reducing inflammation and allowing the transfer of nutrients into and waste products out of the cells).
• Screen for absorption/digestion status (assessing if there might be a problem with bacterial or yeast overgrowth in the gut)
• Screen for toxic metals (assess whether you may have elevated levels of aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury which may lead top fatigue, poor digestion, cognitive disorders, etc.)

Procedure:
You will be asked to pick up a urine collection kit from the health center. You will then collect a first morning urine void at home (preferably the day before the blood draw), transfer it to a specimen container and freeze it. The night before you come in for the blood draw, you also need to fast at least 8 hours before coming in for the blood test.

Results/Treatment:
If you are found to have deficiencies in any of the essential nutrients, specific recommendations will be made how to correct or treat these deficiencies.

If your test indicates that you might have a problem absorbing and/or digesting nutrients, a gastrointestinal test will be ordered to further diagnose the problem.

If your test indicates a possible problem with toxic metals, a urine toxic metal and element screen will be ordered to delineate the problem further.

You should feel a whole lot better as treatment progresses.

What’s next?
The testing should be repeated in 3 months to make sure the deficiencies have been corrected.

Gastrointestinal Testing

Purpose:
To assess whether you have a problem with any of the following:
• Digestion or absorption
• Gut inflammation
• Immune function
• Yeast overgrowth
• Bacterial overgrowth
• Harmful bacteria

Procedure:
You will be asked to collect a stool specimen at home and place it in a specimen container.

Results/Treatment:
If you are found to have any of these problems, recommendations will be made how to correct or treat these deficiencies with probiotics, prebiotics, pharmaceuticals, nutrients or botanicals. You should feel a whole lot better as treatment progresses.

What’s next?
The testing should be repeated in 1-3 months to make sure the problem is corrected.

Endocrine Testing

Purpose:
To assess whether you have a problem with any of the following:
• Cortisol/DHEA imbalance
• Estrogen or Progesterone imbalance
• Testosterone deficiency

Procedure:
You just need to be given a kit in which you will give both saliva and urine samples in the comfort of your home. You will then send the samples to the lab. From Pain to Wellness will get the results and contact you.

Results/Treatment:
If you are found to have any abnormalities, recommendations will be made how to correct or treat these imbalances. You should feel a whole lot better as treatment progresses.

What’s next?
The testing should be repeated in about 3 months to see how far the abnormalities have been corrected.

Toxic Metal and Mineral Screen

Purpose:
To assess whether you have a problem with toxic metals.

Procedure:
After waking in the morning you will place your first urine void into a urine specimen bag #1 (pre-provocative test). You will be asked to take a chelation medicine, DMSA (Meso-2, 3-dimercaptosuccinic acid) which will bind to the toxic metals in your body, allowing them to be excreted in your urine so they can be accurately measured. For the next 6 hours you will collect your urine in specimen bag #2 (post-provocative test).

DMSA is a safe compound but has been noted to temporarily worsen gastrointestinal symptoms. Severe reactions are rare.

Results and Treatment:
If you are found to have elevated toxic metals with the provocative testing, recommendations will be made how to correct or treat these deficiencies with pharmaceuticals and nutrients.

You should feel a whole lot better as treatment progresses.

What’s next?
The testing should be repeated 3 and 6 months after chelation has progressed, to make sure the problem is being corrected.

To learn more, schedule a free consultation at our center, or contact us.