Chronic Pain Specialist

Pain Management Specialists & Anesthesiologists located in Des Moines, IA & West Des Moines, IA

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Chronic Pain services offered in Corner of Westown Pwky and 60th Street in West Des Moines, West Des Moines and East side of Des Moines, next to Perkins off of East Euclid, East Des Moines, IA

Chronic pain can trickle into every aspect of your life, from the quality of your sleep to your ability to work. At Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management in West Des Moines and Des Moines, Iowa, the board-certified anesthesiologists and pain management specialists offer multiple modalities to treat chronic pain at the source. They treat patients in an office setting, so you save on co-pays and deductibles. To schedule an appointment, call Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management or book online today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

If you’re in pain for longer than three months, you may have chronic pain. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain can persist long after damage heals. It may stem from an old injury, degenerative condition, or general overuse. 

Unfortunately, chronic pain doesn’t always resolve on its own. However, the right combination of treatments can help restore the quality of life you deserve.

What causes chronic pain?

Common causes of chronic pain include:


Arthritis is a long-term condition that causes joint inflammation, pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. 

More than 100 types of arthritis exist, but the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes a breakdown in cartilage outside of the joints, and rheumatoid arthritis damages the lining inside.

Back pain

Back pain stems from many conditions and injuries, including herniated discs, spinal compression fractures, sciatica, and pulled muscles. Without early intervention, acute back pain can become chronic.

Neck pain

Many conditions that cause back pain can lead to neck pain and headaches. Degeneration of the cervical spine (neck) structures, such as pulled muscles and herniated discs, can lead to pain that radiates throughout the shoulders and arms.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

CRPS typically causes widespread pain in a single-arm or leg. The condition often develops as a result of injury or surgery.


Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that causes pain throughout the body. More common in women than men, pain from fibromyalgia can be debilitating.

Nerve pain

Nerve compression and irritation are common sources of discomfort for individuals with herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and other conditions that pressure the nerves.

What are the treatments for chronic pain?

Treatment for chronic pain typically depends on its cause. How your pain specialist at Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management treats arthritis differs from how they might relieve muscle pain. The most common treatments for chronic pain include:

  • Botox® for muscular pain
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Hyalgan® viscosupplementation injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Ketamine IV therapy

To learn more about chronic pain, call Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.