Adam J. Michalik, DO

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Adam J. Michalik, DO

Adam Michalik, DO, is a board certified, fellowship-trained Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spine (neck and back) and musculoskeletal conditions. He performs interventional procedures ranging from basic ultrasound-guided and fluoroscopic-guided injections as well as the cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatments such as basivertebral nerve ablation and vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty). Dr. Michalik’s approach is to develop comprehensive treatment plans utilizing conservative and appropriately indicated interventional treatments with the goal of improving pain and achieving the best possible outcomes for his patients.

Dr. Michalik grew up in central Wisconsin and attended the University of St. Thomas, graduating Cum Laude with a major in Health Promotion. He attended Des Moines University for medical school where he graduated with honors (Summa Cum Laude) and was inducted into Sigma Sigma Phi Medical Honor Society. He completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester where he served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Sayeeda Zain Innovation Award for outstanding clinical research. During his time in medical school and residency, Dr. Michalik displayed outstanding academic credentials graduating within the top 5% of his class and scoring in the 99%th percentile on all national medical board exams. As a PGY-3 he achieved the highest score in the nation on the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Self-Assessment Exam, which is an annual exam given to all PM&R residents. He subsequently completed an Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah, which is accredited by the North American Spine Society. He has published in internationally recognized medical journals such as The Spine Journal and Pain Medicine and has presented his work on a national level.

Currently, Dr. Michalik serves on the Patient Safety Committee for the Spine Intervention Society where works to develop and promote best practice recommendations to help ensure the safety of patients undergoing interventional spine procedures.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time his with wife and three children, hunting, fishing, downhill skiing and traveling.

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Clinical Interest

Spine, neck, and back care, including neck pain, back pain, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis, sacroiliac joint pain, radiculopathy, spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, and other degenerative conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar pine

Interventional spine and musculoskeletal care, including ultrasound and fluoroscopic-guided injections, radiofrequency ablations, steroid injections, and advanced interventional spine/pain management

Basivertebral nerve ablation for chronic low back pain

Vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty) for compression fractures

Knee and hip osteoarthritis 

Pain management


Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Interventional Spine & Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, Salt Lake City, UT

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Medical Degree
Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, IA

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Blaine Orthopedic Surgery Center
High Pointe Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations

Spine Intervention Society (SIS), Member (2018 – Present)
Spine Intervention Society (SIS, Patient Safety Committee (2020 – Present)
North American Spine Society (NASS), Member (2019 – Present)
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2016 – 2020)

Achievements & Awards

Excellence in Resident Seminar Award for “FAI-ling Our Hips: Development of the CAM Deformity in Athletes”, University of Rochester Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency
Sayeeda Zain Innovation Award for research in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency
Summa Cum Laude, Des Moines University (2012)
Sigma Sigma Phi, Des Moines University (2008-10)
Cum Laude, University of St. Thomas (2008)


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