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Alaska Center for Pain Relief offers individualized, cost-effective non-surgical solutions for your chronic pain!

Alaska Center for Pain Relief

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Millions of Americans live with daily chronic pain in their neck, shoulders, back and joints. Persistent pain can be life-altering – resulting in missed work days, inability to sleep and simply missing out on “life.”

Nearly 100 million people suffer from conditions such as herniated discs, sciatica, arthritis and spinal compression fractures. In years past, there were few options besides surgery. Fortunately, pain relief is now possible for many of these conditions without surgery. See our list of services to explore some of the available treatments!


Back pain has multiple possible causes. Evaluation by a skilled pain management provider is key to finding the source of your pain. Once the source is identified or narrowed down, we may recommend one or more of the treatments described on this page. 

Kyphoplasty provides a minimally invasive way to treat painful compression fractures in the spine. A balloon is inserted into the broken bone and inflated to try to restore the height. Finally, the bone is hardened from within to prevent further movement and fracture. Compression fractures are more common in patients with osteoporosis. Here is a great resource with more information about this condition:

A steroid, when injected for painful conditions, is a medication that works as anti-inflammatory. When injecting a steroid into the epidural space (where the nerves live), we are often able to calm the pain associated with disc herniations, tears in the disc (annular tears), and other spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis (narrowing around the nerves of spinal cord). These injections may provide prolonged pain relief and are typically used in combination with physical therapy, chiropractic treatments and other complementary therapies. 

When the disks or bones in the back press on nerves, inflammation occurs which can cause the nerve to swell, resulting in pain, numbness, tingling and at times weakness or loss of nerve function. We can often reduce the inflammation with a steroid injection, giving the nerve to more room. This can result in significant pain relief. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections are ideal treatments to promote healing of injuries and regeneration of tissue, like cartilage. Here is a great resource with more information about this treatment:

Steroids and cushioning gels (viscosupplements) can be injected into certain joints to reduce pain and inflammation. We perform joint these injections using real-time image guidance. This allows us to see directly where to enter the joint as well as confirm that the medication is in the joint, reducing the pain and increasing the accuracy of the injections.

Certain painful conditions, such as spinal arthritis, can be treated with radiofrequency ablation. First we prove that the pain can be reduced significantly by injecting local anesthetics around the sensory nerves. The local anesthetic typically provides only short-term relief, in most cases less than a few hours. If the pain reduces enough, we will repeat this on a different day to confirm the amount of relief. With appropriate relief after the second set of injections, RFA may be recommended to provide a longer duration or relief, typically 6 months or more.

RFA uses heat generated from radio waves to reduce or eliminate the pain signals from the tested areas. It is a safe procedure when performed by a skilled physician.  

Neurostimulation utilizes advanced technology to treat certain chronic  pain conditions. It is recommended when chronic neuropathic pain, resulting from damage to nerves, can’t be controlled with other treatment modalities, including surgery. Neurostimulation is one of the few treatments that allows a “test drive,” in that a temporary device can be inserted for up to a week while you determine the amount of pain relief it provides. You don’t have to rely on anyone’s recommendation or opinion regarding how much relief you may have. Here is a great resource with more information about this treatment:

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meet our doctors

Christopher Gay, MD

Anesthesiologist & Pain Management Physician

Dr. Christopher Gay is an Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician who provides exceptional service to his patients from in and around Anchorage, Alaska at the Alaska Center for Pain Relief.

Deborah Kiley, DNP, FNP-BC

Anesthesiologist & Pain Management Physician

Dr. Kiley has extensive pain management experience in California and Alaska in pain management primary care, specialty, and integrative care practices.

Ben Ekstrom, MD, FAAP

Anesthesiologist & Pain Management Physician

Dr. Ben Ekstrom completed two clinical fellowships through Harvard Medical School to receive additional qualifications in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pain Management for children and adults.


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