Interventional Pain Management

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from intractable chronic pain, we can help. We treat many patients who have not responded to conventional medical treatment or traditional surgery. Chronic pain is pain lasting longer than three months. Patients may suffer years from pain that they are unable to manage through other means including pain medication. Physicians at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s offer a variety of innovative modalities that treat pain. Three centers address different types of chronic pain through interventional techniques, alternatives to medical pain management.

Colorado Center for Neuromodulation – Neuromodulation is a general term used to describe ways that doctors can stimulate nerves to help control pain. Medical Director Giancarlo Barolat, M.D. uses two types of neuromodulation procedures - spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. Conditions treated with Neuromodulation include:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Atypical Facial Pain
  • Headaches/Neck Pain
  • Testicular Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Failed Back Syndrome
  • Cervical, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine problems
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Phantom Limb
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/CRPS

Center for Pelvic Pain – Pelvic pain occurs mostly in the lower abdomen area, below the belly button. The pain might be steady or it might come and go. If the pain is severe, it might get in the way of your daily activities. A multidisciplinary team of physicians is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of severe pelvic pain in men and women. Led by Medical Direct Nel Gerig, M.D. the Center for Pelvic Pain treats the following conditions:

  • Endometriosis
  • Other inflammatory conditions
  • Bladder, bowel and sexual function
  • Neuromyofascial pain (pain related to nerves and muscles)

Center for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in the arm and hand due to pressure against the nerves or blood vessels that supply the arm. It is due to tight muscles, ligaments, bands, or bony abnormalities in the thoracic outlet area of the body, which lies just behind the collar bone. Causes of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome include:

  • Whiplash injuries from auto accidents
  • Repetitive stress in the workplace

An extra rib in the neck occurs in less than 1% of the population.

For additional information, visit Pain Overview