General Information

Colorado Pain Specialists (CPS) is devoted exclusively to advanced interventional pain management. Our physicians are nationally recognized leaders in the pain management field. We regularly receive acclaim for providing the highest quality, most state-of-the-art techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of back and neck pain. Our team of expert physicians are on the forefront of advanced interventional pain management, treatment and education. Our physicians present regularly at lectures and symposiums and participate in clinical studies. We welcome requests to do educational sessions both for the medical community and the general public.

Our practice is dedicated to the principal that you must accurately diagnose the precise cause of the pain before you can effectively treat it. Our focus is the establishment of an individualized, conservative treatment plan that is unique to each patient. Only after this crucial plan is completed do our physicians utilize their impeccable skill, and their knowledge of the latest minimally invasive techniques, to expertly perform the appropriate procedure to treat their patient’s pain.

Because we believe in working as a team with our patients, we pride ourselves in fully educating our patients about what is causing their pain. Only with this knowledge can our patients work most effectively with us to preserve the pain relief we have been able to bring them. Together we concentrate on relieving pain and returning function. On a daily basis, we learn how our efforts have resulted in huge improvements in quality of life for our patients.

What Makes us Different?

Colorado Pain Specialists (CPS) is devoted exclusively to advanced interventional pain management. The vast majority of physicians who work in this important specialty do it as an adjunct to other work. Not us. We focus exclusively on pain management, because we believe only through this singular aim can we bring our patients the kind of pain relief they desire and deserve. When you concentrate only on pain management, or any other single discipline for that matter, you can become very skilled at it. So it’s not surprising that our doctors, with 23 years of combined pain management experience, are nationally recognized leaders in their field. They are acclaimed for providing the highest quality, most state-of-the-art techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of  back and neck pain.

Accurate diagnosis is our mantra

We’re fond of saying that “diagnosis isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” As unlikely as it sounds, the process of arriving at an accurate and complete diagnosis is almost always rushed in medicine. This is especially true for back and neck pain patients. Why is this? There are many reasons; physicians’ busy schedules and the sheer complexity of the neuromuscular structure in the spinal column are two likely culprits. Despite the distractions and excuses, we understand that the diagnosis is the center of the pain management wheel. So we take the time and bring all our resources to bear in order to find out why our patients are in pain. Fortunately, our resources are vast. In addition to our years of experience, we have some awesome technology at our disposal. By utilizing the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections, we can pinpoint the sources of our patients’ pain and treat that pain. We utilize advanced imaging to ensure that pain relief is delivered precisely where it is needed.

If through the diagnosis process we determine that a patient needs a different treatment, we have a vast referral network to other preeminent specialists.

Our Staff

Our highly trained staff is dedicated to serving our patients and ensuring that each visit goes smoothly.

In addition to physicians, Colorado Pain Specialists employees, physician assistants, certified registered nurse anesthetists, medical assistants as well as specialists to assist in all other aspects of your health needs.

Dr. Vilims is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is the former CEO/President of the Colorado Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and is a member of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, the North American Spine Society (NASS), The American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.  Dr. Vilims is a Master ISIS instructor and is actively involved in physician proctoring of interventional pain management strategies and procedures.

Dr. Vilims makes his home in Colorado with his wife and two children.


I have always been a runner and had run two marathons prior to having kids. I just turned 40 in May, 2005 and decided to train and run the Chicago Marathon to celebrate. During my training something went wrong. I was having lower back spasms and was left incapacitated and unable to move. I am a very active person and to be unable to train or even keep up with my two kids was horrible.ᅠ

I started working with a physical therapist, but wasn’t getting much relief. Within 24 hours of speaking with CPS I had an MRI which determined that my facet joints were irritated.

ᅠThe first round of injections I had with CPS gave me immediate relief. The pain slowly came back and I underwent a second round of injections to more accurately determine the source of my pain. The second round gave me total pain relief. I was able to continue training and I finished the Chicago Marathon pain free and recorded my best time ever.

Colorado Pain Specialists’ encouragement gave me hope. They wanted me to get to the Chicago Marathon as much as I did and he helped me get there safely and pain free.
– Allison

I am a very active person and enjoy running and skiing. I tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in my right knee years ago and never had it repaired leading to chronic and painful arthritis. After two Joint Energy injections, I experienced immediate pain relief, increased range of motion as well as improved lubrication. Long term, my hope is that these injections can help me put off a total knee replacement.
– John