Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Low Back Pain
Spinal Cord Stimulator
Trigger Point Injections
Failed Back Surgery
Steven R Quam, DO
Clay E Ransdell, DO
Andrew G Spellman, DO
Christopher F Stalvey, DO
James E Sykes, DO
Sarah B Biscoglia, ARNP
West Des Moines Location
East Des Moines Location
How Do Trigger Point Injections Relieve Pain?
Oct 17, 2023
You might think of them as muscle knots, but medically, they’re known as myofascial trigger points. These cause pain, stiffness, and weakness. Trigger point injections can break up these troublesome knots.
How to Prevent Neck Pain While Working from Home
Oct 01, 2023
The trend toward working at home some or all of the time continues to climb, as does the incidence of neck pain, typically from improvised home offices and poor ergonomic conditions. Here’s how you can prevent neck pain.
Can You Relieve Spinal Stenosis Pain Without Surgery?
Sep 01, 2023
When it comes to back pain, surgery is usually the last resort. That’s true even when your pain results from spinal stenosis. Consider these treatment options before planning on surgery.
4 Myths About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Debunked
Aug 02, 2023
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a rare and mysterious medical condition that usually affects the arms or legs. Often beginning after a traumatic injury, heart attack, stroke, or surgical procedure, CRPS produces out-of-proportion pain.
Tingling? It Could Be Fibromyalgia
Jul 01, 2023
The pain of fibromyalgia is usually its distinguishing characteristic. Since it’s a condition involving the nerves, it sometimes mimics other neuropathic disorders, so it’s possible to feel tingling and numbness as a sciatica patient might.
What Most Don't Realize About Occipital Neuralgia
Jun 01, 2023
Occipital nerves run from the top end of the spinal cord through your scalp. When these nerves become damaged or inflamed, severe headaches can form, and symptoms may be constant or intermittent. Occipital neuralgia is sometimes hard to diagnose.
Pregnancy-Friendly Hacks to Manage Sciatica Pain
May 02, 2023
It’s an understatement to say that your body undergoes great change during pregnancy. It’s common for pregnant women to experience sciatica, a collection of symptoms connected with compression of the sciatic nerve.
The Link Between Chronic Pain and Fatigue
Apr 01, 2023
Pain is a universal human experience. Pain reflects injury or illness, and it’s normal for it to come and go. Unfortunately for many, chronic pain can develop from many conditions. There’s a strong connection between pain and fatigue.
I'm Still in Pain After Back Surgery: Now What?
Mar 02, 2023
It’s normal to expect an improvement in pain symptoms after back surgery. After all, that’s likely the reason you chose surgery to start with. Given the complexity of the spine and nerve tissue, your outcome may not provide the relief you hoped.
4 Effective Treatment Solutions for Herniated Disc Pain
Feb 02, 2023
Spinal pain in the neck or lower back often stems from herniated discs. While most cases heal with rest, here are four effective treatment solutions for herniated disc pain that can reduce discomfort and speed healing.
Trigger Point Injections for Myofascial Pain: What to Expect
Jan 12, 2023
The feeling of being “tied up in knots” after physical exertion may be less of a metaphor than it seems. Myofascial trigger points form from literal knots of hard muscle and connective tissue. Trigger point injections treat deep, difficult knots.
7 Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Chronic Sciatica
Dec 01, 2022
The pain syndrome called sciatica occurs when a condition compresses the sciatic nerve, creating symptoms anywhere along its path. Sciatica usually heals with conservative treatments rather than surgical solutions.
10 Conditions That Respond Well to Radiofrequency Ablation
Nov 01, 2022
Chronic pain is often difficult to treat since pain can persist even after its cause heals. Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to destroy the nerves that report chronic pain to your brain, providing long-lasting relief.
Testing Options to Consider to Determine What's Causing Your Abdominal Pain
Oct 01, 2022
Abdominal pain is a common health complaint, but the reasons for it can be widely varied. While an inflamed appendix may need only a physical exam, complex problems could require diagnostic imaging or specialized testing.
Is Working from Home a Pain in Your Neck?
Sep 01, 2022
The work-from-home revolution was underway even before the pandemic pushed it into overdrive. But improvised offices and workstations don’t always provide the postural support needed for long hours of computer or phone work. Your neck can suffer.
The Stages of Migraines and How They're Treated
Aug 01, 2022
Migraine is a neurological disease that can’t be cured but can often be managed with treatment. Each migraine sufferer has a unique combination of symptoms and patterns that may not include all migraine stages.
Spinal Cord Stimulation: What to Expect
Jul 01, 2022
Neck and back pain are sometimes difficult to treat. When conservative measures don’t produce enough relief, spinal cord stimulation may be the answer before you turn to surgery. Here’s what you can expect from a stimulator.
What You Should Know About Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Jun 09, 2022
Ketamine emerged as a safe field anesthetic during the later stages of the Vietnam War. Applied later to chronic pain treatment, low doses of ketamine also displayed antidepressant effects. Ketamine infusion therapy has several applications.
Muscle Pain: How Can Trigger Point Injections Help?
May 10, 2022
If you’ve ever felt a muscle knot beneath your skin, perhaps at the site of an ache or pain, you know what a trigger point is. These form when muscles contract and don’t completely release. Trigger point injections are a simple way to find relief.
Myths and Facts About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Apr 01, 2022
Complex regional pain syndrome isn’t greatly understood, but thanks to ongoing research, we know more than we once did. Learn here about the myths and facts surrounding the painful condition.
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