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The Montana Center for Wellness & Pain Management provides the following services to our patients, both interventional pain management and complementary/alternative medicine.

Interventional Pain Management

Camden Kneeland, MD, is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. He is the Medical Director at The Montana Center for Wellness & Pain Management at HealthCenter. His fellowship training and current practice focuses on the treatment of pain using techniques that minimize the use of habit-forming medications.

Dr. Kneeland specializes in minimally invasive techniques that apply electricity, heat, cold and certain drugs to the nerves that are involved in chronic pain, which effectively treats hundreds of painful conditions. Most chronic pain conditions can be treated with these techniques.

Interventional pain management treatments include: Descriptions of Interventional Procedures

Medical Pain Management

We realize that there are hundreds of medications offered in the treatment of chronic pain. Our staff of Physicians, Physicians Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners work diligently to provide comprehensive care plans utilizing all treatment modalities available to alleviate the pain and suffering of our patients. These care plans are designed to minimize the use of addictive and dangerous medications while improving our patient's quality of life.

We conduct weekly Patient Care Conferences in which all members of the medical and complementary and alternative medicine team gather to discuss best treatment approaches for patients. We have monthly in-services and guest speakers to help us achieve our goal of providing the most current effective treatments to our patients.

We meet regularly with Primary Care Physicians, Mental Health Professionals, and Regulatory Administrators for Workers Comp, Medicaid, and the DEA to ensure compliance and to promote consistency in the care of our patients.
When controlled substances are prescribed, we closely monitor our patients use through the following responsible prescribing guidelines at The Montana Center:
  • Each patient signs and is held accountable to our Controlled substances Agreement
  • Routine and random urine drug screening
  • Routine and random pill counts
  • We do not replace lost or stolen medications or prescriptions
  • We follow up on reports of potential diversion of medication
We are proud that our 2010 DEA inspection of controlled Substance Prescribing was exemplary.

Physical Therapy

The goal of Physical Therapy at The Montana Center for Wellness & Pain Management is to create and implement plans of care for our patients that develop, restore and maintain maximum movement and functional ability. Our focus is on maximizing quality of life through promotion, prevention, treatment, intervention habilitation and rehabilitation of physical abilities.

Our Physical Therapist, Alisha Bailey, provides our patients with the most comprehensive treatments available, using our in-house Physical Therapy suite. We are uniquely set up to make immediate referrals for treatment and follow-up care for our patients. The ability to communicate between Medical Providers, Counselors, Interventional Medical Practitioners and Complementary Services allows us to provide our patients with better solutions for their needs.
We provide Professional on-site Physical Therapy Services for:
  • Post-Operative conditioning
  • Work conditioning
  • Personalized exercise programs
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Prevention
  • Limitations related to aging
  • Many more conditions treated


The goals of chiropractic care are to improve joint mobility, increase joint stability, and ultimately remove any irritation to the nervous system around the involved joint. This is accomplished through the use of several different adjusting techniques and soft tissue treatments done by Lon Savik. This means alleviation of symptoms, and an increase in quality of life to our patients.

The basic concepts of chiropractic can be described as:
  • The body has a powerful self-healing ability.
  • The body's structure (primarily that of the spine) and its function is closely related. This relationship affects health.
  • Chiropractic therapy is given with the goals of normalizing this relationship between structure and assisting the body as it heals.
Conditions commonly treated include:
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strain
  • Arthritis

Psychology / Counseling

Our Mental Health Professionals are uniquely qualified to treat the impact of chronic pain, depression, anxiety, addictions, and many other conditions.

We offer:
  • Individual psychological evaluations, consultations and treatment
  • Addiction assessment / risk
  • Individual counseling
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Chronic pain support groups
  • Smoking cessation for individuals or in a group
  • Licensed addiction counseling

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage can be an important component of a wellness plan. Our Professional Licensed Massage Therapists use a variety of therapeutic massage techniques in our interdisciplinary approach to patient care as well as providing massage services to the public.

There are many benefits to receiving regular massage:
  • Improved circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues
  • Relief of muscle tension and pain
  • Increased flexibility and mobility
  • Reducing pain and stiffness in muscles and joints
  • Stress reduction and relaxation
Massage therapy can alleviate problem conditions, support a fitness or sports program, combat the negative effects of aging, and relieve the effects of stress.


Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated over 5,000 years ago. It is an effective form of health care that resolves painful conditions by decreasing inflammation and facilitating a free flow of Qi (vital energy).

Acupuncture promotes healing by enhancing immunity, and strengthens recuperative powers to benefit emotional and physical health. In addition to Acupuncture, we provide acupressure, Moxibustion (an herbal treatment), cupping, Gua Sha, Qi Gong, (techniques used to increase blood flow and release muscle tension, tightness and constriction), and herbal medicine.

Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture are:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Headache
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infertility
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Sinusitis
  • Anxiety
  • And many more
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.

Addiction Medicine

At The Montana Center for Wellness & Pain Management we offer a unique approach to addiction treatment, through the use of Buprenorphine (suboxone/Subutex), in conjunction with intensive counseling and close monitoring.

We have, on staff, a certified Addictionologist (MD) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. We have two Physicians with the required "X" DEA license for the prescribing of Buprenorphine.

We follow the "Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction" protocol from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

We work closely with treatment facilities throughout the state, referring to inpatient and outpatient treatment programs when necessary. We also provide after-care to help keep patients in recovery.

Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment

A Revolutionary Treatment for Nerve Pain

The Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment, Scrambler MC-5A, is an innovative non-invasive pain therapy treatment. The device is used to treat various types of chronic neuropathic, oncologic, drug-resistant pain, traditional TENS, or implanted devices. Unlike typical drugs prescribed for pain management, the MC-5A does not just treat the symptoms of pain but is clinically proven to diminish recurrences without traditional side effects such as drowsiness, depression and addiction.

Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment uses a biophysical methodology rather than biochemical. During Calmare® treatments, pain is completely removed, in most cases, regardless of pain intensity. With subsequent treatments, pain recurs with diminishing intensity until it disappears in a high percentage of cases.

What is the typical treatment protocol?
Neuropathic and Oncologic Pain: The initial treatment protocol consists of 10-12 consecutive treatments of 30 to 45 minutes once a day (5 days a week for 2 weeks). Additional “booster treatments” may be needed.

What known clinical indications are not receptive to treatment with Calmare® Pain Therapy?
Acute pain and chronic pain that is diagnosed as musculoskeletal pain and not neuropathic pain. Additionally, “non receptive” refers to patients who do not experience pain relief or diminished pain after a treatment (or several treatments) or not possible to localize a specific pain site.

Also, pain caused from “active inflammation” that continuously damages the nerve fibers (connective tissue diseases, musculoskeletal pain devoid of neuropathic compenent and arthritis).

Is Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment covered by health insurance and Medicare?
On July1, 2011 the AMA announced CPT 0278T (effective Jan. 1, 2012) to report Scrambler Therapy (“TM”). This does not guarantee that insurers will or will not cover Calmare®. At this time health coverage for Calmare® is determined on an individual basis. Some insurers have covered Calmare® treatments.

Yoga Therapy/Gentle Movement

Therapeutic movement can help ease the burden of chronic pain by reducing both physical and mental stress, improving circulation, and aiding the body’s natural detoxification processes. These classes combine meditative and gentle movement with conscious breathing to help facilitate health and wellness in the body and mind.