Chronic Pain Management for Seniors Des Moines IA

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Kerkhoff Chiropractic & Wellness Center
(515) 978-9074
260 Highway 6
Waukee, IA
Promotion
Complimentary consultation
This is our way of encouraging you to find out if your problem can be helped by Chiropractic care. It is also a way of acquainting you with our facilities and staff. While new patients are welcome, no one needs to feel any
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Applied Kinesiology, Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Traction Therapy, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Disc Herniation Treatment, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Holistic Chiropractic Care, Homeopathic Medicine, Massage Therapy, Pain Management, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

Jeffrey M Merryman, MD
(515) 283-0643
411 Laurel St Ste 3170
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1994

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Mohammad Salman Iqbal, MD
(515) 883-2650
1034 4th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nishtar Med Coll, Bahuddin Zakaria Univ, Multan, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1960

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Sandra L. Davis
(515) 318-2559
P.O. Box 8
Des Moines, IA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Iowa State University
Credentialed Since: 1986-04-09

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James Holmes Bartlett, MD
(515) 283-0463
7 Lincoln Place Dr
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Medical Center Anesthslgsts

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Waukee Wellness & Chiropractic
(515) 978-9080
710 Alices Rd
Waukee, IA
Promotion
Call today to schedule an appointment! Saturdays open by appointment only.
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Applied Kinesiology, Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Traction Therapy, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Decompression Therapy, Disc Herniation Treatment, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Holistic Chiropractic Care, Homeopathic Medicine, Orthogonal Chiropractic, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

Samuel L. Graham
(515) 222-1175
1000 73rd St. #5
Des Moines, IA
Services
Stress Management or Pain Management, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Biofeedback, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Duke University
Credentialed Since: 1988-10-07

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Roger Donald Kinkor, MD
(515) 283-0463
411 Laurel St Ste 3170
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1985

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Beverly D. Westra
(515) 681-8808
1015 36th Street
Des Moines, IA
Services
Health Services Consultation to Business or Organizations, Stress Management or Pain Management, Biofeedback, Sports Psychology
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Iowa State University
Credentialed Since: 1992-10-09

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Robert A. Straight
(515) 222-1175
1000 73rd St, Ste 5
Des Moines, IA
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Southern Mississippi
Credentialed Since: 1992-01-02

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What to Do About Chronic Pain in Older Adults

When you're younger, it may be easier to shrug off pain or work through it. The old expression, No pain, no gain is the mantra of many athletes. But as we get older, pain has a way of getting us down faster and keeping us there longer. We don't bounce back like we used to. This is especially true when pain is present.

Older adults often find that managing the chores and activities of daily life are a challenge enough without pain being added to the mix. Suddenly, making a cup of tea can become impossible -- much less preparing a nutritious meal. Sleep is disrupted, thinking becomes cloudy, and the affected adult is no longer getting out with other people. Persistent pain in this age group can create a steady decline in physical and cognitive function.

What can be done about it? Medications are one possibility but knowing what to take and when to take it can be another difficult hurdle to jump. In this special edition, the American Geriatrics Society's Guidelines for Pharmacologic Therapy are reviewed. The specific focus is on medications for chronic pain in older adults. Chronic (or persistent) pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months. Older adult refers to men and women 65 years old and older.

The next logical question is, What medications are available and who should take them? Pain medications including acetaminophen (Tylenol), nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs), opioids (narcotics), adjuvant (additional other) analgesics, topical analgesics (rub on creams and gels), and other drugs are discussed. Here's a brief summary of each class of drugs.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Safe and effective, the first choice of drug for pain relief. Patients should not take more than a total of 4 grams each day. Anyone with liver disease or who abuses alcohol cannot take this drug.
  • Nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs): More effective than acetaminophen for chronic inflammatory pain but with possible gastrointestinal problems. Should not be used by anyone with an active stomach ulcer, kidney disease, or heart failure. Patients on NSAIDs must be monitored carefully for any signs of adverse effects.
  • Opioids (narcotics such as Lortab, OxyContin, Percocet or Percodan, Morphine): Anyone who has not responded to acetaminophen or NSAIDs and who has moderate to severe pain that affects daily function should be considered for opioid pain relievers. Newer and better drugs of this type are available that are safe and effective. Opioids should only be prescribed and monitored by knowledgeable physicians with experience using these drugs.
  • Adjuvant analgesics: refers to drugs developed for some other purpose than pain relief but useful for persistent pain. Includes some anticonvulsants, antiarrhythmics, and antidepressants. Used most often for people with fibromyalgia, nerve pain, chronic and severe back or bone pain, and headaches. Often prescribed along with other pain relievers.
  • Topical analgesics including lidocai...
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