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COOLIEF® Radiofrequency Ablation: What to Expect Feb 1st, 2024

When you suffer from chronic pain, you need effective treatments to relieve pain and maintain full mobility and quality of life. Cooled radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment can address chronic pain with minimal invasiveness, often with better results than other treatment options. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness, interventional pain management specialist...

I'm Ready to Start a Journey to Wellness: Where Do I Begin? Jan 9th, 2024

As a new year starts, many people’s minds turn to assessing health and wellness. Are you healthy? Are you operating at optimum wellness? And, looking ahead, are you setting yourself up for years of continued good health and wellness? This time of self-reflection and self-assessment can do a lot for...

Why Ketamine Might Be the Right Treatment for Your Migraines Dec 5th, 2023

Chronic migraine headaches disrupt your daily life. Whether your migraines come with or without a pre-headache “aura,” headache days mean sensitivity to sensory stimuli, including light and smells, as well as intense, often localized headache pain.  You may need to miss work or skip important personal or social events due...

Treating Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome with Lifestyle Modifications Nov 15th, 2023

It has become increasingly clear that people living with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) need specialized care, treatment, and lifestyle modifications. That’s why interventional pain management physician Dr. Nichelle C. Renk and Dr. Mary Beth Calor specialize in EDS diagnosis, treatment, and support. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness of Anchorage, Alaska,...

What Can I Expect During a Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial? Sep 30th, 2023

Could you benefit from a long-term, non-pharmacological interventional pain management solution for health issues like chronic back pain? Spinal control stimulation (SCS) often provides effective, patient-controlled pain management results. Dr. Nichelle Renk and the team at Alpenglow Pain & Wellness of Anchorage, Alaska, focus on pain management that really works....

I Never Had Migraines Before — Why Do I Have Them Now? Sep 1st, 2023

Migraine headaches come with a range of unpleasant symptoms, including pain, sensory sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. You may experience discomfort and warning symptoms before a migraine as well.  People who go through at least 15 migraine days each month have chronic migraines and need treatment and support to deal with them. If...

The Link Between Your Mood and Your Nutrition Aug 7th, 2023

If you’ve been struggling with low mood, mood swings, or other emotional disturbances, questions about your diet could be furthest from your mind. You’re more likely to get stuck thinking about your personal life, your personal history, or all of the things that worry or upset you. Nutrition is very...

Understanding How EDS Affects Children Jul 10th, 2023

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a connective tissue disorder that has genetic causes, meaning it can be inherited. Children with EDS have some distinct health care needs, so they benefit from working with a provider who has experience with this condition. Dr. Nichelle Renk, Dr. Mary Beth Calor, and the team at Alpenglow...

4 Expert Nutrition Hacks You Can Start Using Today Jun 1st, 2023

Your diet makes a huge difference in your health and wellness, both positive and negative. Eating the right foods at the right times, after preparing them with healthy cooking techniques, gives your body the energy and nutrients it needs to stay strong and active, and to heal itself from within....

The Link Between Neck Pain and Working from Home May 1st, 2023

In the last few years, working from home has become an increasingly popular professional option. It’s convenient to skip out on a commute, and working from home also keeps costs down.  Maybe now you’re discovering a common downside to working from home — an increased risk of neck pain. If you’ve...

How to Relieve Jaw Pain Without Surgery Apr 1st, 2023

Your temporomandibular joints are located where your skull connects with your lower jawbone, also called the mandible. You rely on these joints to open and close your mouth, to talk and chew, and to move your jawbone from side to side . Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a common cause...

Why Do My Hips Hurt When I Wake Up in the Morning? Mar 13th, 2023

You wake up in the morning and, instead of feeling refreshed, rested, and ready, you’re overwhelmed by aching pain in your hips. What’s causing this morning hip pain, and could it indicate an underlying medical condition? What’s the best way to relieve your symptoms? Turn to the interventional pain management...

Suffering From Chronic Migraine Pain? Here's How Botox Can Help Feb 7th, 2023

Migraine headaches are more common than you might realize, affecting about 12% of Americans. When you have a migraine, disabling symptoms like pain, light and sound sensitivity, nausea, and aura often become overwhelming.  If you have at least 15 migraine days a month, your condition qualifies as chronic. Turn to...

All of Your Treatment Options for Occipital Neuralgia Jan 1st, 2023

Your two greater and two lesser occipital nerves are found on each side of your head at the base of your skull. These four nerves transmit sensation to the top of your head. Irritation of these nerves, known as occipital neuralgia, can leave you with chronic headache pain in this same distribution....

What Can Low-Dose Naltrexone Treat? Dec 5th, 2022

Conditions like chronic pain, sleep disorders, and autoimmune conditions challenge the frontiers of interventional medicine. We continue to learn more about interventions that can improve your health and wellness.  Since the 1980s, medical research has developed a great amount of information on the many potential uses of low-dose naltrexone (LDN)...

The Differences Between OMT, Massage Therapy, and Chiropractic Care Nov 1st, 2022

Manual therapies involve the therapeutic use of hands to treat issues in your musculoskeletal system. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness of Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Mary Beth Calor, and our two massage therapists offer multiple types of manual therapy that can help with back pain, neck pain, leg pain, and more....

How Stellate Ganglion Block Can Help Long Haul Covid Symptoms, PTSD, and CRPS Sep 30th, 2022

The role of your brain and nervous system in your health and wellness is complex and not always easy to understand. It can be hard to believe that a single type of procedure, a stellate ganglion block (SGB), could help with physical and mental health concerns. However, you should know...

4 Benefits of COOLIEF Radiofrequency Ablation Aug 31st, 2022

You feel pain in your brain as much as in your body, due to the way nerve signals from around your body register as sensation.  For some chronic pain patients, nerve signals around pain continue to fire even when there’s no need or cause, resulting in mysterious pain symptoms that...

How Acupuncture Can Alleviate Your Aches and Pains Aug 1st, 2022

Pain treatment can be a complex process. Figuring out the right approach or combination of approaches to manage your time takes patience, knowledge, and care.  The interventional pain management specialists at Alpenglow Pain & Wellness in Anchorage, Alaska, led by Dr. Nichelle Renk and Dr. Mary Beth Calor, deeply understand this complexity. At Alpenglow Pain...

Is Working From Home a Pain in Your Neck? Jul 1st, 2022

Many people are discovering the benefits of working from home. You can cut your commute, saving time and money. Working from home can also give you needed scheduling flexibility, or make it easier to support family members or pets.  Working from home provides many people with needed physical or mental...

Why Might I Need Supplements? Jun 1st, 2022

Your body needs a well-balanced, full set of vitamins and nutrients to function with optimal health and wellness. However, getting that full amount of vitamins and nutrients can be more of a challenge than you might realize. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness, Dr. Nichelle C. Renk and Dr. Mary Beth Calor understand the unique factors...

Understanding Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS): Signs and Treatments May 1st, 2022

More and more people are learning about Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), an inherited connective tissue disorder that often presents with overly flexible joints, stretchy skin, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Interventional pain management specialist Dr. Nichelle C. Renk of Alpenglow Pain & Wellness has the experience you can trust when it comes...

5 Effective Migraine Treatments Apr 1st, 2022

Migraine headaches are a complex chronic condition that can become disabling. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness in Anchorage, Alaska, interventional pain management physician Dr. Nichelle C. Renk provides effective treatment for chronic migraines. Your migraines are considered chronic if you go through 15 or more headache days within a month....

How Effective is Spinal Cord Stimulation? Mar 1st, 2022

Persistent chronic pain involves abnormal pain signals transmitting through your spinal cord to register as sensations in your brain. For some types of chronic pain, effective treatment involves stopping these pain sensations at the spinal cord, a procedure called spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Expert interventional pain management specialist Dr. Nichelle...

3 Indications for Stellate Ganglion Blocks: CRPS, PTSD, and Long-Haul COVID Feb 1st, 2022

Long-term conditions like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and long-haul COVID-19 can be difficult to treat. Symptoms of pain, fatigue, anxiety, headache, smell or taste difficulties, or brain fog make just getting through each day a challenge. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness, interventional pain management specialist...

Little-Known Causes of Back Pain Jan 1st, 2022

Does low or mid back pain keep you up at night, or keep you from getting or staying active the way you’d like? You’re not alone: Back pain affects nearly all adults at some point. Back pain develops for some common reasons, like a muscle strain, arthritis, or a herniated...

Chronic Pain: Can Radiofrequency Ablation Help? Dec 1st, 2021

Chronic pain seems to echo around your body, felt everywhere and nowhere, without a clear physical cause like an injury to explain your pain symptoms. As a way to give lasting relief from chronic pain, blocking nerve pain signals with radiofrequency (RF) ablation shows promise. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness,...

Diabetic Neuropathy Risks and Treatment Options Nov 10th, 2021

In people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, long-term cases of high blood sugar levels create health and wellness risks. Among the potential complications of diabetes, peripheral diabetic neuropathy can become a serious problem. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness, interventional pain management specialist Dr. Nichelle C. Renk treats...

Ketamine for Severe Depression: What to Expect Oct 1st, 2021

The symptoms of severe depression, ranging from persistent sadness to sleeplessness and including constant feelings of exhaustion or loss of interest in hobbies and personal goals, can feel like a boulder on top of your chest. Seeking treatment only seems to present more challenges.  How can you get out from...

Cooled RFA for Shoulder and Knee Compared With Steroid Injections Sep 1st, 2021

Chronic shoulder or knee pain due to conditions like osteoarthritis reduces your mobility and limits your quality of life. Innovative interventional pain management treatments seek to address and resolve your joint pain.  With new treatments and therapies like radiofrequency ablation, we’re improving our ability to relieve your pain every year....

4 Reasons to Include Supplements in Your Diet Aug 10th, 2021

You do your best to eat right and give your body the nutritional support it needs. But it can be challenging to get sufficient levels of essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from diet and lifestyle alone.  Your body might need more than your diet can provide. Many men and...

What's Triggering Your Migraines? Jul 14th, 2021

The Migraine Research Foundation notes that around 12% of all adults in the United States deal with migraines. Migraines are more common in women than in men, but can affect patients of all genders. Your migraines are chronic if you suffer from 15 or more migraine days per month. Migraines...

Calm The Nerves that Are Causing Your Back Pain With Spinal Cord Stimulation Jun 28th, 2021

Chronic back pain causes aches and discomfort at all hours of the day, keeping you from getting around during the day and getting to sleep at night. Pain signals that travel from your spinal nerves to your brain don’t let you rest — or stay active when you want to....

PRP: How This All-Natural Therapy Relieves Pain in the Shoulders, Knees, and Hips May 16th, 2021

You get up in the morning and you’re greeted by achy knees or hips that make you wince with every step. Or, perhaps you hit the shower and find washing your hair to be nearly impossible thanks to a painful shoulder. These types of joint problems have a way of...

Dealing With a New or “Acute” Pain? We Can Help Apr 22nd, 2021

Acute pain usually indicates an injury or illness, a warning about a threat to your body. Often a sharp and obvious sensation, it could be of a short duration, such as when you stub your toe, or it could be long-lasting, like the pain you experience from a kitchen burn...

Help for Your Acute Migraine Headaches Mar 1st, 2021

Recurring migraine headaches impact every part of your life, from the days you lose to debilitating symptoms to the suddenly abandoned plans that have to make way for pain, nausea, and light sensitivity. Migraines differ from regular headaches and pose a chronic problem for many adults. Chronic migraines occur when...

Radiofrequency Ablation Can Help With Spinal Pain Feb 1st, 2021

Your spine contains hundreds of fine, bundled nerves that convey information about sensation, including pain, to your brain. If you have chronic pain, your nerves can continue to keep firing off pain signals to your brain, even if you haven’t experienced a recent injury or trauma. To break the feedback...

Am I a Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation? Jan 1st, 2021

Chronic pain often can’t be effectively controlled with simple strategies like yoga, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory diets or medications. You might need more direct solutions to break your cycle of chronic pain.  With an implanted spinal cord stimulation (SCS) device, Nichelle C. Renk, MD, who is board certified both in...

Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy Safe? Dec 1st, 2020

Under medical supervision, Ketamine can provide substantial benefits to patients suffering from treatment-resistant mental health conditions like depression, PTSD, and anxiety, as well as other chronic pain conditions. The difference between safe and unsafe Ketamine use comes down to the presence and supervision of an experienced medical practitioner. With medical...

Understanding Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and the Treatments That Can Help Nov 1st, 2020

Some complex, chronic conditions can leave you suffering from debilitating pain symptoms without providing a clear understanding of the cause. You need expert diagnosis and treatment to learn and address the cause of your pain and restore your quality of life. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness of Anchorage, Alaska, Nichelle...

Low-Dose Naltrexone for EDS, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue, Autoimmune Disorders, and More Oct 21st, 2020

While some medical problems have simple solutions, other conditions, especially those that are chronic, can be more complicated to treat.  If you suffer from a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disorder, or anxiety or depression, you may have struggled for years with treatments that don’t eradicate or sufficiently address...

Do I Need to Add Supplements to My Diet? Sep 8th, 2020

Your body needs vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to function at peak wellness. Getting all of the nutrients you need just from dietary sources can be a challenge, however. That's where dietary supplements come in. At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness in Anchorage, Alaska, Nichelle C. Renk, MD, knows how difficult...

Move More: Benefits of Exercise for Relieving Chronic Joint Pain Aug 19th, 2020

You could have chronic joint pain due to a condition like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, or your joint pain might be related to old injuries or repetitive motions on the job.  No matter why your joints ache, however, the pain can be stressful and limiting, keeping you from the daily...

What You Need to Know About Therapeutic Botox® for Head and Neck Problems Jul 20th, 2020

What comes to mind when you hear somebody mention Botox®? Chances are, you know of the drug in the context of anti-aging procedures. Botox is derived from botulinum toxin and delivered safely by a medical professional. Cosmetically, Botox relaxes certain facial muscles. When these muscles don’t contract, they can’t form...

Can You Benefit from Ketamine Therapy? Jun 18th, 2020

Living with a chronic condition, either physical or mental, takes unique strength. Each day, you may be coping with symptoms of pain related to a physical condition, or digging yourself out from under feelings of depression or even despair.  You keep going, taking each day as it comes. But could...

Are You Getting the Right Vitamins? May 18th, 2020

As part of your attention to your whole-body health and wellness, you might wonder about your vitamin and mineral needs. Vitamins come from plants and animals, so we consider them organic in nature. We consider minerals to be inorganic, coming from soil, stone, or water.  We sometimes describe the vitamins...

How to Know if You Have Hypermobile EDS Apr 21st, 2020

As a kid, you might have thought you were extra flexible. Perhaps you excelled as a dancer or gymnast because of your natural ability to do a split without effort, or to be able to contort your body in a way that elicited envy from your peers. While this extra...

Could Radiofrequency Ablation Remedy Your Chronic Pain? Mar 13th, 2020

If you’re one of the 50 million American adults living with chronic pain, you’re 1 in every 5 men and women you know. That's how common it is to deal with pain nearly every day of your life. And, also like most people, you’ve probably tried a variety of treatments...

CBD Oil: Risks, Side Effects, and What You Need to Know Feb 12th, 2020

Alternative treatments for pain have been in practice for thousands of years. The use of herbs, plants, and the ancient practice of acupuncture for medicinal purposes were in existence long before modern medicine. In recent years, CBD oils and products have seemingly risen to popularity out of nowhere, but scientists...

What Causes Migraines and How We Offer Relief Jan 8th, 2020

Do you constantly get throbbing migraines that impact your day and quality of life? If so, then you’re one of 37 million Americans who experience them. Fortunately, with migraines being so common, there are many ways you can find relief and learn how to better manage them. One way is...

Suffering from Chronic Back Pain? Spinal Cord Stimulators Can Help Dec 6th, 2019

An incredible 80% of Americans experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, and 20% go on to struggle with chronic problems. By its very nature, back pain has a widespread impact on your life. Not only does the discomfort wear you down, it can limit your life...

Manage Your Chronic Pain with Ketamine Infusions Nov 14th, 2019

Do you suffer from chronic pain and want a solution that doesn’t involve narcotics or surgery? At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness, located in Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Nichelle Renk specializes in a pain management treatment that you may have already heard of: Ketamine. For the last 50 years, Ketamine has been...

Here's How Your Weight Affects Your Joints Oct 4th, 2019

Your joints serve as the connection between two bones and are essential for supporting every move you make, from turning your head to raising your arm to walking. Because of the regular workout your joints endure every day, they’re under constant stress and vulnerable to the wear and tear that...

The Dangers of Tech Neck Sep 3rd, 2019

Your devices may make it easier for you to stay connected with friends, family, and work no matter where you are, but all that time you spend with your head down and shoulders hunched may be wreaking havoc on your neck.  The dull achy pain you feel in your neck...

What is Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation? Aug 26th, 2019

Are you in pain? If so, you’re not alone. About 50 million Americans suffer from ongoing, chronic pain, which lasts more than 12 weeks. Chronic pain can derail your daily activities and take away from your quality of life. Finding relief used to mean relying on pills or injections, but...

How Effective Is Botox at Alleviating Migraines? Jul 16th, 2019

You might think that Botox is merely good for erasing crow’s feet and frown lines. You might not know that Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for chronic migraines. Dr. Nichelle Renk and the rest of our team at Alpenglow Pain & Wellness can help you reduce or eliminate headache pain...

Should You Consider a Spinal Cord Stimulator for That Chronic Back Pain? May 31st, 2019

Chronic back pain is a misery without letup. It can prevent you from enjoying life, even from living a normal life. When other treatments have failed, a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) can provide relief from chronic back pain. Dr. Nichelle C. Renk and Alpenglow Pain & Wellness offer the Nevro...

4 All-Natural Migraine Treatments You Haven't Tried May 17th, 2019

Migraines can be crippling. They often leave you severely pained and unable to function. What’s more, they can last anywhere from four to 72 hours. We have good news for those who suffer. There are several natural migraine remedies that can make an incredible difference. And we’ve rounded up the...

We Have the Most Comprehensive Treatments for Hypermobile EDS in the Area Apr 18th, 2019

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome — how many times have you had to explain this disorder to someone, even a healthcare professional? Or maybe you are suspicious you have EDS but have not received the diagnosis officially. Coping with a rare disorder like hypermobile EDS can be a frustrating battle as you...