Mensana Clinic has published research articles which report that patients with chronic pain are misdiagnosed 40-67% of the time (Psychosomatics, 1993, Psychosomatics, 1996).  Therefore, our first goal for all patients is to find an accurate medical diagnosis.The Clinical Director, manages all patients from evaluation to discharge and is involved in every stage of treatment. The Clinical Director and patient decide what medical tests and consults are needed to find the accurate diagnosis, as well as designate an inpatient or outpatient treatment plan.  The clinical team, consisting of outside consultants, psychological, clinical, ancillary, and support staff, works under the direction of the Clinical Director to follow the treatment plan specifically designed for each patient.

After extensive diagnostic testing, the Clinical Director determines an accurate medical diagnosis.  The clinical team is then able to help patients alleviate or reduce pain and regain control of their life and medical treatment. On average, 55% of patients are referred for surgery (Psychosomatics, 1996). The clinical team assures that patients receive necessary surgery from top physicians, as well as any resulting physical therapy or post-operative procedures.  Medication management helps patients to control and reduce the use of addictive drugs.  Patients participate in group or individual therapy to set realistic lifestyle and job goals and reduce feelings of loneliness and depression often caused by chronic pain.  Biofeedback sessions teach patients techniques for self-control of their physiological responses to pain and stress.  Family counseling sessions are offered to improve and strengthen relationships as well as help others to understand the suffering of chronic pain patients.  With time, patients are able to increase daily physical activities and develop and follow a discharge plan.

Conditions Treated

 Arm injuries  Lightning strike injuries
 Arm pain  Median Nerve Entrapment
 Back injuries  Muscle aches and pains
 Back pain  Neck injuries
 Causalgia  Neck pain
 Chronic pain  Nerve entrapments
 Complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS I)  Pain
 Complex regional pain syndrome type II (CRPS II)  Peroneal Nerve Entrapment
 Depression from pain  Pre-menstrual tension syndrome (PMS)
 Electrical shock injuries  Radial Nerve Entrapment
 Facial pain  Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
 Fibromyalgia  Saphenous Nerve Entrapment
 Genital pain  Sural Nerve Entrapment
 Groin pain  Tibial Nerve Entrapment
 Headaches  Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
 Leg injuries  Undiagnosed pain problems
 Leg pain

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Medical Services Available

At Mensana:
Off-Site:   Transportation is provided
-Diagnostic Evaluation -Laboratory and diagnostic testing
-Daily appointment with the Clinical Director -Consultations
-Daily Biofeedback Sessions -Pre-vocational testing
-Daily Group Therapy Sessions -Functional Capacity Testing
-Trigger Point Injections/ Nerve Blocks -Work Hardening Programs
-Individual Psychotherapy -Cognitive Retrieval Testing
-Family and Marital Therapy -Custom-fitted Orthopedic Appliances
-Psychological Testing and Assessment -Surgical Procedures
-Sensory Nerve/ Neurometer Testing
-Discharge Planning
-Consultations
-Hypnosis
-Outpatient Group Therapy

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Program Results

With an accurate diagnosis, our patients gain a new understanding of their medical problem and are able to receive proper treatment.  After leaving Mensana, our patients report that in addition to reduced pain, they are less depressed, more active, sleeping better, using fewer drugs and seeing fewer doctors.  Of those patients who have surgery, the vast majority reports that it has a positive result.

Insurance carriers report a return to work rate less than 1% for workers compensation patients out of work for two years or more (McGill, 1968; Snook, 1984).  However, in published outcome studies, Mensana Clinic reports a 19% and 62% return to work rate for workers compensation and for automobile accident cases, respectively (Clinical Neurosurgery, 1989).  Following discharge, the Clinical Director sends a discharge summary to the referring physician and all local physicians, to enhance continuity of medical care.

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