Lee’s Summit & Raymore

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Dr. Donohue’s Specialties

Spinal Stenosis

Several factors, including arthritis, herniated discs, ligamentous thickening, or previous spinal injuries, can cause spinal stenosis. Symptoms of spinal stenosis can include back or neck pain, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, weakness in the arms or legs, and difficulty with balance and walking. Treatment for spinal stenosis may include physical therapy, non-opioid medications to relieve pain and inflammation, epidural steroid injections, and more. 

Using your goals and history, Dr. Donohue creates a care plan to fit your needs.

Spinal Cord Stimulator

A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device which provides electrical stimulation to the spinal cord to treat chronic pain. Spinal cord stimulators can treat multiple, chronic pain issues, and are typically considered if pain persists after trying various medications, injections, and therapies. An advantage to stimulators is the one-week trial which the patient undergoes first. During that time, the patient can trial multiple settings and waveforms provided by the temporary stimulator to assess for pain improvement and increased overall function. If the patient receives at least 50% pain relief and improved function during the trial, permanent implantation would then be considered.



Dr. Donohue treats all types of chronic and acute back pain. With a variety of treatment options, he can relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore function.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Peripheral nerve stimulation is a possible treatment option for multiple chronic pain complaints, including low back and neck pain, shoulder, and knee pain. The device alters the pain signals carried by the peripheral nerves toward the central nervous system, altering both the electrical and chemical pathways which contribute to chronic pain. For many patients who do not desire to undergo joint surgery or continue to have pain after joint surgery, peripheral nerve stimulation should be considered as a treatment option.

Trigger Point Injections 

Trigger point injections are a common and safe method used to treat muscle pain and spasms, particularly in the back, neck, and shoulders. 

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a medical procedure used to treat chronic pain in the neck, back, or other body areas. It is a great alternative for those who have failed other conservative treatments. 


Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and for many people, constant pain, stiffness, and lack of mobility can negatively impact all areas of life.  Dr. Donohue specializes in helping patients reduce pain and improve function through traditional and innovative conservative therapies. 

Cervical and Lumbosacral Epidurals

With Dr. Donohue’s extensive focus on spinal care, he offers a variety and comprehensive treatment solutions to reduce pain.


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Dr. Nick Donohue is a board-certified and fellowship-trained interventional pain physician practicing at Sano Orthopedics. He specializes in osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, and interventional spine procedures.


Dr. Nick Donohue is a board-certified, fellowship-trained physiatrist specializing in Pain Management, focusing on interventional spine procedures and complex chronic pain.

Dr. Donohue is originally from Iowa and attended the University of St. Thomas for undergraduate school and the Medical College of Wisconsin for his medical training. After medical school, Dr. Donohue completed his internship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He completed his residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin and his fellowship in Pain Medicine.

Dr. Donohue is an experienced and compassionate healthcare provider known for listening to his patients. He is dedicated to providing his patients with the most up-to-date and effective treatment options available. He always thoroughly explains each option and its potential benefits and risks. Dr. Donohue’s expertise and commitment to providing the highest quality of care ensures that patients improve their quality of life.



  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Residency: Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Board Certifications:
    • PM&R, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    • Pain Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Fellowship:
    • Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Milwaukee, WI


  • Spine Intervention Society
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine


Dr. Donohue’s hobbies include testing new recipes and working in his backyard. He is married with 1 child and loves being back in Kansas City close to his extended family. 


Dr. Donohue sees patients at the following Sano Orthopedics’ offices: Grandview, MO, and Lee’s Summit, MO.

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