Dr. James M. Sturm, DO

Dr. James M. Sturm, DO


Anesthesiology | Male | 52 years old

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Arch Advanced Pain Management ( AAPM ) is a clinic dedicated to the treatment...Read more

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in Wentzville, MO |
I've been seeing Dr. Sturm for more than 2 years and I hope I never have to see another doc other for all the things that are going on with me after all of my surgeries. Dr. Sturm is amazing. He takes extra time to do a few x-rays if necessary or give an injection even if I'm not there for one. He LOVES my little girls and my girls love to go see Dr. Sturm. I think he's one in a million and will and have recommended him many times.
in Wentzville, MO |
Dr. Sturm is wonderful and I highly recommend. He is always up on the newest data and medical techniques. I cannot say enough positive words about how great he is. Most of his staff aren't friendly or helpful. They are even rude at times. When you call, they almost never answer and you have to leave a message and then usually don't get a callback. If you call in with an emergency, they just say no appointments for a few weeks instead of going and talking to Dr. Sturm about it to see what he says
Paid 170 dollars for him to spend 10 minutes tops with me, did absolutely nothing, I do not recommend him.
in St Louis, MO |
i was so impressed with the quality of professionalism ,service, and actually getting the job done ..i had several issues when i came to his office that other pain clinics were unable to help me with and DR .STURM addressed them all leaving me in such better medical condition..my hat goes off to him and his staff .....
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    Dr. Sturm says...

    Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

    Arch Advanced Pain Management ( AAPM ) is a clinic dedicated to the treatment of acute / chronic pain and sports medicine /work related pain issues. The staff combined has decades of experience in this area.

    Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. In 2011, at least 100 million adult Americans had chronic pain conditions, a conservative estimate since it does not include recent pain or children in pain. Chronic pain is pain that exist beyond the normal healing process.

    AAPM is a holistic pain program that takes the entire patient into focus. Patients seeking treatment at AAPM are assured of receiving only the finest and up-to-date care through the use of rehabilitative techniques, imaging, medications, and interventional techniques when necessary.

    AAPM was founded by Dr. James Sturm. He is triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Interventional Pain Management. He performed his anesthesia training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and his pain fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1996. The pain fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation was the largest in the world.

    Our mission goals are:

    1. A comprehensive patient evaluation to determine the source of pain generation.
    2. To offer therapies and solutions to our patients based on a holistic approach keeping in mind the risk and benefits of those therapies.
    3. To constantly seek out the most advanced treatments for our patients.
    4. To provide care in an understanding environment.

    It is important not to let pain become chronic. Seeking early care can increase the success rate of treatment.

    Dr. Sturm keeps up with the latest breakthroughs in pain related therapy by traveling to multiple conferences and performing his own research. Dr. Sturm continues to lecture at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford each December and is awaiting a research affiliated appointment at Saint Louis University in the Department of Neurosurgery. We believe that AAPM is setting the standard for Pain Medicine in Eastern Missouri and Western Illinois. Dr. Sturm receives multiple patients who have had treatment failures in other pain practices. 

    Arch Advanced Pain Management was founded by Dr. James Sturm. Dr. Sturm was born and raised near Canton, Ohio. He went to Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio for Medical School. Dr. Sturm at Ohio University helped developed a technique which later received NIH funding for single nerve cell injections to trace out the pathways responsible for hearing. Dr. Sturm graduated second in his medical school class.

    Dr. Sturm performed his anesthesia training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and his pain fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1996. The pain fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation was the largest in the world. While at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, he was exposed to patients from across the world with some of the most complex pain related issues and the most advanced treatments for them. Since completing his fellowship, he has continued to seek out for the most advanced techniques available to assist his suffering patients. Dr. Sturm has had several newspaper articles written about him about on the successes that he has had treating patients. In addition, he has had a radio interview with Chicagos B96 on the Chicago Connection show about the Arthrocare Spinewand for vertebral body cancer radiofrequency ablations. Listed below are the web addresses to the articles from the Rockford Register Star



    Dr. Sturm has continued to lecture at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford on a yearly basis as a non-salaried professor in the Department of Surgery.

    Dr. Sturm says...

    Conditions Treated

    Head and Neck Pain

    • Whiplash Injury
    • Disc Herniation
    • Cervical Radiculopathy
    • Degenerative Disk Disease / Facet Joint Pain
    • Cervical Spinal Stenosis / Pinched Nerves
    • Failed Spine Neck Surgery Pain
    • Brachial Plexus Injury

    Chest Pain

    • Compression Fracture
    • Thoracic Disc Herniation
    • Thoracic Degenerative Disk Disease / Facet Joint Pain

    Abdominal pain

    • Abdominal Wall
    • Shingles Pain
    • After Hernia / Abdominal Surgery Pain
    • After Radiation / Chemotherapy Pain

    Low Back Pain

    • Disc Herniation
    • Spinal Stenosis.
    • Arthitis Pain / Facet Joint Pain.
    • Pain After Back Surgery Pain
    • Degenerative Disk Pain.
    • Compression Fracture.

    Pelvis and Groin pain

    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Hip Pain

    Buttock pain

    • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
    • Piriformis Muscle Syndrome
    • Tailbone Pain ( Sacrococcygeal Joint Pain )

    Extremity pain

    • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • Hip Pain / Bursitis
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes / Causalgia
    • Phantom Limb Pain / After Extremity Amputation Pain
    • Ischemic Extremities / Vasospastic Disorders

    Dr. Sturm says...

    • Celiac Plexus Blockade / Ablation and Splanchic Nerve Blockade / Ablation.
    • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Midline and Selective Epidural Steroid Injections..
    • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Facet Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation.
    • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Vertebroplasties / Kyphoplasties, Sacroplasties and Vertebral Body Tumor Radiofrequencies.
    • Epidural Adhesiolysis.
    • Intercostal Nerve Blockade and Neurolysis. Rib Cryoablation for Metastatic Disease.
    • Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy for Discogenic Pain..
    • Hypogastric Plexus Blockade for Chronic Pelvic Pain.
    • Piriformis Injection and Botox Injection.
    • Nucleoplasty.
    • Sacroiliac Joint Injection and Radiofrequency Ablation.
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation for Failed Spine Surgery, Extremity Pain, Phantom Limb Pain, Neuropathy, and Ischemic Pain.
    • Splanchnic Nerve Block and Neurolysis.
    • Stellate Blockade.
    • Viscoelastic Joint Injections ( Synvisc, Hyalgan, and Orthovisc.) Bursa, Joint, Fascial and Ligament Injections.

    Dr. Sturm's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Anesthesiology
    •  Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
    •  Malpractice claims in Missouri not available
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

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    • Anesthesiology
    • Pain Medicine

    Conditions Treated

    • Arthritis
    • Back Pain
    • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Facet Joint Pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Headache
    • Herniated Disc
    • Low Back Pain
    • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
    • Lumbar Herniated Disc
    • Lumbar Radiculopathy
    • Migraine
    • Neck Pain
    • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
    • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Spinal Stenosis


    • Medical School
      Ohio Univ College Of Osteo Med

      Graduated in 1990

    • Internship Hospital
      Grandview Osteo Hosp
      Metro Hlth Med Ctr Case Western Reserve U
    • Residency Hospital
      Cleveland Clinic Foundation

      Completed in 1995

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Cleveland Clinic Foundation

      Completed in 1996

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    • Anesthesiology

    Procedures Performed

    • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
    • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
    • Cervical Medial Branch Block
    • Chronic Pain Management
    • Discography
    • Epidural Injection
    • Epidural Steroid Injections
    • Facet Block
    • Facet Joint Injection
    • Joint Injection
    • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
    • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
    • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
    • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
    • Nerve Blocks
    • Pain Management
    • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
    • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation
    • Trigger Point Injection