Pain Management
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Colorado Pain Management

Cutting-Edge Therapies for Pain Relief

The Board Certified Colorado pain management doctors at Colorado Clinic provide both medical and interventional treatments. Our goal is to offer patients the best chance of pain relief through individualized treatment plans. By utilizing cutting-edge therapies and tailoring treatment to a patient’s specific needs, we have maintained success rates above 90%.

What does success with pain management treatment mean? The answer is different for every patient, but many of our patients experience life-changing benefits, such as:

  • Avoiding spine or joint replacement surgery
  • Getting back to work
  • Playing with kids or pets
  • Concentrating better
  • Improved mental health
  • Increased quality of life

Your pain is unique and deserves customized treatment. With over 50 treatment options available, our pain management doctors are able implement optimal treatment regimen based on a patient’s condition and preferences.

Treatment Overview

Our pain management experts are double board certified and trained in some of the most advanced treatments available. These may include:

  • Several Different Types of Epidural Injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Intrathecal Pain Pump Management
  • Regenerative Medicine Stem Cell Treatments
  • Kyphoplasty for Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • All Types of Joint Injections

Click here for a complete list of pain management treatments offered at Colorado Clinic.

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FAQ’S on Pain Management

What is pain?

Pain is an important survival mechanism: the experience or sensation of pain will cause withdrawal or avoidance of potentially harmful stimuli. This is often done reflexively: a hand accidentally placed on a hot stove is jerked away immediately following the painful sensation. Pain will resolve when the underlying condition causing the damage is treated, although in some cases, pain persists beyond the cessation of stimulus and healing of the injury. Some cases of pain have been noted in the absence of detectable damage or disease.

How is pain diagnosed?

The underlying cause of the pain is central to the diagnosis and management. A complete medical history and physical examination is needed. Our pain management doctors perform thorough assessments to gather information on the location, quality, duration, triggers/aggravating circumstances of the pain.

Pain is assessed via a rating scale of the patient’s experience. A numerical scale from 0 to 10 (0 being the complete absence of pain, while 10 signifies the worst pain experienced) is most often used for patients’ self-reporting. A Visual Analog Scale (VAS) of facial expressions with corresponding numerical values is used for children and other patients incapable of verbally describing the pain.

How is pain managed?

The management of pain will depend on the underlying cause, as well as the patient’s response to therapy. Therapies can range from medical management to interventional pain therapies.

The medical management of pain follows the “pain ladder” of the World Health Organization (WHO). The guidelines follow a principle of progressive management of pain:

  • Medication is the first line of offense in pain management, with more powerful drugs prescribed if chronic pain persists. Medications can range from over-the-counter (OTC) drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, to more powerful opioid analgesics.
  • If pain persists despite conservative measures, our pain management experts may recommend minimally invasive interventional pain management procedures.

What is interventional pain management?

Interventional pain management is a subspecialty of pain medicine that focuses on the use of minimally invasive procedures (nerve blocks, facet joint injections, spinal cord implants) to manage persistent pain. The use of intrathecal pain pumps and radiofrequency ablation also falls within this category. Interventions performed by our Colorado pain management doctors include:

  • Neurolytic blocks such as Radiofrequency Ablation -This technique blocks the transmission of pain stimuli by freezing/heating (neurotomy) or applying chemicals (neurolysis) to the nerve. This causes deliberate damage to the nerve, cutting off the any pain stimulus. The endoneurium (protective casing of the nerve) is preserved with this procedure, avoiding the complications of neuroma and deafferentation that may follow surgical blocks.
  • Joint Injections - This may include injections of steroid (cortisone), platelet rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell materials into joints that are painful. These injections may provide weeks to months of pain relief, with regenerative medicine injections possibly providing years of relief.
  • Epidural injections - analgesic/anesthetic drugs can be inserted into the epidural space when nerves are being pinched from a disc herniation or spinal stenosis is present. There are three different types of epidural injections offered by Boulder pain management doctors. These injections may be offered as part of a series if necessary, which can be repeated every few months if necessary.
  • Spinal cord stimulation - the insertion of a spinal cord implant can relieve the pain by interfering with the transmission of pain signals. The spinal cord implant is surgically inserted under fluoroscopic guidance. Studies consistently prove the efficacy of SCS implants to be over 75%. They relieve back and leg pain well, along with being able to restore lost sensation in those with peripheral neuropathy.
  • Kyphoplasty, Occipital Blocks, Trigger Point Injections, Plexus Blocks - The list of interventional procedures for pain management is extensive, and grows every year. Colorado Clinic has expert Greeley, Loveland and Boulder pain management doctors offering over 50 procedures for pain relief!