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.
|Arm injuries||Lightning strike injuries|
|Arm pain||Median Nerve Entrapment|
|Back injuries||Muscle aches and pains|
|Back pain||Neck injuries|
|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|
Medical Services Available
|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|
|-Outpatient Group Therapy|
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.