Specialized pain clinic in Des Moines, Iowa
Relieve your pain.
Feel like yourself again. Restore your quality of life.

Need pain relief? We can help.

Neck Pain

Neck Pain



Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Cancer Pain

Cancer Pain

Back Pain

Back Pain

Arm Pain

Arm Pain

Leg Pain

Leg Pain

Joint Pain

Joint Pain

How we treat pain

All procedures are done using fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy of therapy.

Spinal Injections

Spinal and Peripheral Injections

Spinal injections can help relieve a variety of pain ranging from the upper back and shoulders to the lower back, hips, and legs. These treatments help reduce inflammation caused by spinal conditions.

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Nerve Ablations

Nerve Ablations

Also known as radiofrequency rhizotomy, this minimally invasive range of procedures helps relieve pain through the numbing of specific nerves.

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This set of procedures treats pain in the back, arms, and legs by using electrical impulses to help prevent pain signals from being received by the brain.

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Joint Injections

Joint Injections

This range of procedures helps reduce pain by injecting medications that help numb specific areas and decrease swelling and inflammation in the joints.

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Minimally Invasive Spine Interventions

Minimally Invasive Spinal Interventions

This set of procedures helps reduce pain by treating specific vertebrae in the spine. Options include minimally invasive lumbar decompression, vertebroplasty, and kyphoplasty (balloon vertebroplasty).

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Additional Procedures

Other types of procedures are available to treat specific types of pain, including ketamine infusions, which are to treat various chronic pain syndromes that have a neuropathic component, and botox for chronic migraines.

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Patient Testimonials

You don’t have to live with pain

Provider and patient

We understand how pain can affect your daily life. We can help.

As a group of board-certified pain physicians, we are committed to providing innovative treatment options to restore quality of life.

We’ve helped thousands of patients return to a fulfilling life.
We can help you, too.

Meet Our Team

Andrzej Szczepanek, MD

Alison Weisheipl, MD

Christian Ledet, MD

Greg Crewdson, DO

Ryan Birkland, DO

Christy Haack, PA-C

Amber Hemphill, PA-C

Jessica Southard, PA-C

Betsy Bolton, PA-C

FAQs About Pain Relief

What types of pain do you treat?arrow

Central States Pain Clinic treats a variety of pain conditions, including but not limited to: neck pain, back pain, upper extremity pain (shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers), lower extremity pain (hip, thigh, knee, lower leg, ankle, foot and toe), nerve pain and headaches including migraines.  Our providers follow a conservative approach to treating pain while upholding the highest evidence-based standards in patient care.

What techniques do you use to treat pain?arrow

Central States Pain Clinic offers a wide range of interventional procedures, medication management protocols and minimally invasive procedures depending on each individual patient’s needs.

Where is the pain clinic located?arrow

Central States Pain Clinic has two convenient locations throughout the great Des Moines Area.

2425 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

N. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA  50023

How do I know if I need spine treatment?arrow

Your Central States Pain Clinic specialist will go over a list of options with you after evaluation of your specific conditions and needs. If spine treatment is an option you will be referred to a spine surgeon.

Are your services covered by insurance?arrow

Yes, the majority of our services are covered by insurance. However the amount of coverage varies depending on each patient’s individual insurance company and plan.  Some procedures will require a prior authorization, this means we will ask your insurance company for approval before scheduling your procedure to ensure that the procedure is covered by your insurance.

Do you offer minimally invasive procedures?arrow

Yes, all of our procedures are minimally invasive.

Do you offer sedation for my spine treatment?arrow

Yes. All of our procedures/injections can be completed with sedation. This can be discussed at the time of your initial consultation and requested when scheduling your procedure.  Sedation will require you to bring a driver, as you will not be able to drive or operate any machinery several hours following your procedure.   You will also spend a little bit of extra time with us in our recovery area to ensure you tolerated the sedation and have recovered from the sedation before you leave.  This can take 15 to 30 minutes.

What is the best way to relieve migraines?arrow

Migraines can be caused by a number of different factors, thus there is no “best” way to treat or relieve migraines.  At Central States Pain Clinic we will work on identifying the cause of your migraine so that you get a targeted treatment for your specific type of migraine.

What’s the best way to contact you?arrow

You can fill out the contact form by clicking here (set up link) and someone from the Central States Pain Clinic will reach out to you.  If you prefer to speak with us by phone you can call the office at 515-267-1819.  

I’d like to see a physician. How do I set up an appointment?arrow

You can fill out the contact form by clicking here (set up link) and someone from the Central States Pain Clinic will reach out to you.  If you prefer to speak with us by phone you can call the office at 515-267-1819.   You can also discuss your concerns with your primary care provider who can then send us a referral along with your relevant medical records.

Do I need a referral?arrow

Often the answer to this question is No. We do accept self-referrals and appreciate patients advocating for their health care needs. In some cases your health insurance will require a referral to visit a specialist and we can assist in securing a referral. Keep in mind the more health care information we have the better we are able to assist you. Please see our forms section and fill out a Release of Information (ROI) for us to obtain your medical records. Once received we will review your case and communicate to you whether we feel we can be of assistance.

Should I visit the pain clinic or urgent care?arrow

If you are having new (acute) pain and have a cause or reason for this pain such as recent injury or trauma your primary care provider, local urgent care or emergency department may be the best place to start.  If you have long lasting (chronic, >3 months) pain that has been resistant to conservative treatment methods Central States Pain Clinic may be the place for you.  

Do I need an MRI or X-ray before a visit?arrow

You do NOT need to have imaging prior to your visit with us at Central States Pain Clinic.  Imaging can be quite beneficial in determining cause of pain and thus this may be recommended before certain interventions can be completed.

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