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Hours
Monday: 7am – 4:30pm
Tuesday: 7am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 7am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 7am – 4:30pm
Friday: 7am – 4:30pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Your team
Timothy Ahearne, PA
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Anesthesiology

Narayana Varhabhatla, MD
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Anesthesiology

Rachael Rzasa Lynn, MD
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Pain Medicine

Dominique Schiffer, MD
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Anesthesiology

Justin Merkow, MD
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Pain Medicine

Pain affects about 75 million Americans to some degree. If you are living with pain, you know it can cause considerable suffering and affect your quality of life. It’s our goal to return you to your normal level of activity as quickly as possible. We don’t just medicate your pain – we treat the problem causing it.

Providers at the UCHealth Pain Management Clinic at Anschutz Medical Campus offer you comprehensive and high quality pain management services with leading-edge technology. Our interventional pain medicine specialists provide some of the world’s most advanced treatment options in a supportive, compassionate environment.

Your clinic physicians are board-certified specialists in both pain management and anesthesiology, and your registered nurses are specially trained in caring for patients with acute and chronic pain. Our caring team will help ensure that you receive the best treatment for your condition. By incorporating the most advanced developments and proven techniques, we will develop a program to treat your individual needs with acute and chronic pain management.

Conditions we treat

We treat almost all kinds of pain. If you have pain of any sort, it may be worth a consult with our physicians to see if we can develop a tailored plan for you.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome
  • Cancer pain
  • Chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
  • Chest wall pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (previously called RSD)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Disc herniation
  • Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) / post-lumbar laminectomy syndrome
  • Foot pain
  • Groin pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hip pain
  • Ischial bursitis
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain, with or without leg pain
  • Meralgia paresthetica
  • Motor vehicle injury pain
  • Muscle (myofascial) pain
  • Neck pain, with or without arm pain
  • Nerve entrapment syndromes
  • Nerve pain
  • Pancreatitis pain
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Rib (intercostal) pain
  • Sciatica of the leg (also called radiculopathy)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Slipping rib syndrome
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)

Our services

We use a multispecialty approach to treat pain, which may include steroid injections, various nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablations, joint viscosupplementation injections, Botox, stimulators, and other modalities. When appropriate, we integrate other modalities including physical therapy, aquatherapy, psychological therapy, stress management, acupuncture, coping skills, biofeedback or hypnosis into our treatment plans.

We offer a variety of injections and interventional options to manage your pain, such as:

  • Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment injections for abdominal pain
  • Botox for migraines
  • Cluneal nerve blocks for low back pain
  • Dorsal root ganglion stimulation
  • Epidural steroid injections in the spine (low back and neck)
  • Facet injections and radiofrequency ablation for low back and neck pain
  • Interspinous spacers for spinal stenosis
  • Intra-articular injections for knee, hip, shoulder, foot and ankle joint pain
  • Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve block
  • Nerve blocks and ablations for facial pain
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation for various pain syndromes
  • Sacroiliac joint injections and radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulators for back, arm, and leg pain
  • Stellate ganglion blocks for CRPS of the arms, PTSD, and other complex nerve pain of the face and upper extremities
  • Transversus abdominis plane block for post-abdominal pain and post-surgical neuralgia

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a visit?

Your visit might last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

Where are the procedures done?

All procedures are done within the UCHealth Pain Management Clinic on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Fluoroscopy is available within the clinic for those procedures that require the use of x-ray, and our state-of-the-art ultrasound machines are used for complex joint injections and nerve blocks.

All procedures are done by our physicians, who are board-certified in anesthesia as well as pain management, and patients have complete cardiovascular monitoring during procedures. Sedation is also available during procedures if needed.

What medication are you injecting?

Our providers are specially trained to perform complex joint and nerve injections under ultrasound and X-ray guidance. You will receive a local anesthetic/numbing medication mixed with a steroid. Steroids are helpful in reducing inflammation and swelling to help reduce pain. Occasionally, we will inject other substances such as platelet-rich plasma, artificial joint gel, or Botox if appropriate.

How many injections do I need?

There is no specific or magic number of injections. Treatment is individualized for each patient. It also depends on your specific condition, overall health and response to the injection.

How soon can I expect relief?

The relief of pain varies according to each individual’s condition and procedure. The relief is rarely immediate. It may take a few days up to a few weeks. Our goal is to get to the source of your pain and eliminate it if at all possible, so the time investment is often worth it.