Adam J. Michalik, DO

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We most often treat conditions of the spine (neck and back), but also treat a variety of painful musculoskeletal conditions of the knee, hip and shoulder. Our approach is to develop comprehensive treatment plans utilizing conservative and interventional treatments. We perform a broad range of pain-relieving procedures using image guidance (ultrasound or fluoroscopy) such as steroid injections or radiofrequency ablations. We also perform advanced, minimally invasive treatments such as basivertebral nerve ablation and spinal cord stimulation.

Yes, Dr. Michalik completed an Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine fellowship and was trained to perform these procedures.

If you are a new patient, please arrive to your appointment early in order to complete the registration process. In addition, please bring the following:

  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • Referral (if required by insurer)
  • Insurance information
  • Copies of operation records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs and CT scans from prior doctor visits
  • List of current medications and any known allergies

It depends, as each patient’s situation is unique. However, before performing any interventional spine procedure, you will undergo advanced neuroimaging (MRI or CT scan) in order to determine where your pain is coming from and whether or not an injection is indicated. If you have any questions, please contact your doctor’s care team before your appointment, and we will be very happy to address any of your questions.

Yes, absolutely. The more information we have regarding your unique situation and past history, the better equipped we are to provide the highest level of care. Bringing any previous x-rays, scans, and/or documentation (if available) is recommended. If you do not have this information, don’t worry; we will still take great care of you.

Ice should be used during the acute phase (first 24 to 48 hours) following an injury, or whenever there is swelling. Ice decreases blood flow to the area, which in turn decreases swelling and inflammation. Heat does the opposite. It increases blood flow to the area and can provide pain relief once the swelling and inflammation has subsided. Heat is good to use prior to doing any exercises or physical therapy as it warms up your muscles.

You can use the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website to get in touch with Dr. Michalik regarding second opinions or contact us via phone to set up an appointment or speak with a member of our care team.

You can get cortisone injections every 3 to 4 months as long as they continue to provide symptomatic relief.

Some patients get immediate relief from a cortisone injection. For others, it may take up to 2 weeks for the injection to take effect. However, most people notice relief within 2 to 3 days. The duration of a cortisone injection can vary greatly. Some will last as long as a year, whereas others may last only a few days. It is also important to know that occasionally pain can get worse following a cortisone injection before it gets better. In the meantime, over the counter pain medications and ice are recommended.

High Pointe Surgery Center is a multi-specialty, outpatient surgery center that provides quality, effective and patient-centered care.

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The Blaine Orthopedic Surgery Center offers patients a complete outpatient surgery solution at one location. Our 12,000+ square foot facility includes 4 surgery suites, where we have the capability to perform nearly all same-day orthopedic surgery procedures. Twin Cities Orthopedics also has three care suites on-site for patients in our EXCEL Total Joint program.

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Before your Appointment

If you have already had imaging studies done, surgery recommended or have a longstanding problem, consider setting up a Virtual Spine Consultation. To set up a face-to-face appointment, call your doctor’s Care Coordinator at 651-351-2641.

The first appointment is focused around gathering information regarding the patient’s story, performing a physical exam, reviewing available imaging and developing a comprehensive treatment plan.

If you have records from another physician, provider, or hospital you may bring them with you to your appointment. If you do not have a copy, please contact the physician, provider, or hospital prior to your TCO appointment to let them know we will be requesting them.

Yes, of course. Feel free to have family members or friends join you in your consultation. Many patients find it is helpful to have support in the room, even just as an extra set of ears to remember the details of the visit.

After your Appointment

After your appointment, or after any procedure, you can expect prompt and accessible follow-up treatment and continued care moving forward. If you ever have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If an MRI scan or other diagnostic test was ordered, you will be scheduled for a follow-up with Dr. Michalik in order to review the results and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

If you have questions after your appointment, please feel free to contact us. You can call our clinic directly, or contact us using the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website.

The amount of time will vary depending on each unique patient, and each unique procedure. Please feel free to discuss this with us in your appointment, or contact us directly with any questions. You may call our clinic, or email us using the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website.

The timeframe for recovery depends on the procedure and the individual, but it is our goal to get you back to your regular lifestyle as fast as possible. You can discuss your likely recovery time at your appointment.

Each individual will experience different pain levels, but it is our goal to have you feeling 100% as soon as possible. To get an idea of the pain expectations for your individual case, please discuss with Dr. Michalik at your appointment. Some patients experience a small increase in their pain after a steroid injection, which typically only lasts 1-3 days.