Pain management in Aurora, Colorado

Often, people with chronic or acute pain can feel overwhelmed and misunderstood. No matter the type of pain, you can find relief at The Medical Center of Aurora. With outstanding medical evaluation and a supportive, compassionate environment, our experienced pain management team combines medical expertise with treatments specific to each patient’s needs.

Learn more about our pain management services. Call (303) 699-3057.

Pain conditions we treat

We administer care for pain management at Centennial Medical Plaza. Our specialists offer care for the following:

  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica (back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Spinal stenosis (compressed small spinal canal)
  • Degenerative disk disease (arthritis of the spine, usually in the neck or lower back)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

CRPS is a chronic pain condition with no clearly understood cause. Generally, CRPS affects the arms or legs, and in some cases, affects other parts of the body. CRPS generally affects women more than men. While CRPS can occur at any age, it is most common in people between 40 and 60 years old.

There are two types of CRPS. While the symptoms are similar in the two types, they have different causes:

Type 1 occurs after an illness or injury that didn’t cause nerve damage in the affected limb. A majority of people—nearly 90 percent—with CRPS have type 1.

Type 2 follows a distinct nerve injury.

Various types of trauma, like a gunshot wound, shrapnel blast, surgery, heart attack, infection or fracture can cause CRPS.

In many patients, CRPS causes intense, burning pain. Additional signs and symptoms include:

  • Aching pain
  • Swelling in the joints
  • Discolored skin
  • Abnormal temperature
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Extreme skin sensitivity
  • Changes in nail and hair growth
  • Muscle spasms or weakness
  • Muscle loss
  • Decreased mobility

Treatments can include applying heat and ice, Capsaicin cream, physical therapy, sympathetic nerve-blocking medication, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, biofeedback and spinal cord stimulation.