Aaron K. Compton, M.D.
Specializes in treating acute and chronic painful orthopedic and spine conditions.
Dr. Compton is an interventional pain management specialist treating individuals with challenging orthopedic and spine pain conditions. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a member of several national and regional medical and pain specialty societies. He has also authored several publications and presentations on topics of chronic pain. Prior to joining Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, Dr. Compton served as Medical Director of the Pain Center at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana, for six years.
Dr. Compton was born and raised in Somerset, Kentucky. He earned his undergraduate degree at Murray State University, and his M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Louisville, receiving honors as the outstanding resident in pain medicine. He then completed his fellowship in pain medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as Chief Fellow.
Dr. Compton utilizes a multimodal treatment approach to managing pain, with goals of minimizing the need to rely on opioid pain medication (narcotics). He offers numerous conservative techniques, such as epidural steroid injections and physical therapy, and minimally invasive procedural options when appropriate to restore function and reduce pain for his patients.
Real Hope for Patients in Pain. Living with pain, whether chronic or acute, is incredibly frustrating and disheartening. Dr. Compton understands. That’s why he merges evidence-based techniques from multiple disciplines to help his patients better manage and recover from painful symptoms – without relying on potentially addictive narcotics. For many patients with chronic pain from neurological and spine conditions, surgery is not necessary to achieve improved mobility and a better quality of life.
“Many patients suffer from debilitating symptoms that can lead them to believe that major surgery is their only option,” says Dr. Compton. “Sometimes surgery is clinically appropriate, but the majority of patients can benefit significantly from conservative methods and minimally invasive treatments.”
Don’t settle for a life with pain. If you are ready to find relief from your symptoms, turn to Dr. Compton to receive the compassionate, personalized care you need and deserve. He will carefully listen to your concerns, pinpoint the root of your symptoms, and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get back on the move.
Subspecialty: Pain Medicine & Spine Care
As a pain medicine physician, Dr. Compton specializes in the evaluation, management, and treatment of chronic and acute pain that often results from spinal and neurological conditions. Unlike some professionals in this field, Dr. Compton aims to avoid the use of potentially addictive narcotics.
Common Conditions Treated by Dr. Compton
Dr. Compton often cares for patients with debilitating conditions like fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal problems like sciatica and bulging discs, headaches, muscle pain, and pain from unknown sources.
Procedures Performed by Dr. Compton
Dr. Compton excels in some of the latest minimally invasive pain procedures to minimize discomfort for his patients, including epidural steroid injections, nerve block procedures, medial branch procedures, anti-inflammatory injections, spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, Botox for muscle spasms and headaches, lumbar discography surgery, and several other treatments.
Additional Information About Aaron K. Compton, M.D.
4130 Dutchman's Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: (502) 897-1794
Fax: (502) 897-3852
3605 Northgate Court, Suite 207
New Albany, IN 47150
May 2006 - Doctor of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
May 2002 - Bachelor of Science, Murray State University, Murray, KY. Summa cum laude
2010 - 2011: Fellow: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
2006 - 2010: Resident: Department of Anesthesiology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
American Board of Anesthesiology, Specialty of Anesthesiology - Board Certified 2012
American Board of Anesthesiology, Subspecialty of Pain Medicine - Board Certified 2012
American Academy of Pain Medicine
American Medical Association
American Society of Anesthesiology
Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists
International Neuromodulation Society
Kentucky Medical Association
North American Neuromodulation Society
Minimally Invasive Pain Procedures
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Compton AK, Shah B, Hayek SM. Spinal cord stimulation: A review. Current Pain and Headache Reports.2012 Feb; 16(1): 35-42. doi: 10.1007/s11916-011-0238-7.
Compton AK, Chelimsky TC. Complex regional pain syndrome. In: Lynn DJ, Newton HB, Rae-Grant AD, eds. The 5-Minute Neurology Consult (2nd ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012: 148-149.
Hayek S, Compton A. Dorsal column stimulation: Correlating paresthesiae with stimulation level? Abstracts from the 10th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society: Spine. Neuromodulation. 2011; 14: 444-448.
Spinal Cord Stimulation: An Effective Treatment for Small Fiber Neuropathy? Co-investigator of prospective randomized clinical trial at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Principle investigator: Salim Hayek MD, PhD. 2011
Compton AK, Jackson JM. Isotretinoin as a treatment for axillary granular parakeratosis. Cutis, 2007; 80: 55-56.
Johns Hopkins University – Howard Hughes Memorial Research Grant – Edward G.
McFarland MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Sports Medicine. A 10-week grant working with various faculty members in orthopaedics. 2001
Murray State University, Edmund Zimmerer PhD, Department of Biology – Research and data collection on various projects in genetics. This consisted of numerous PCR runs, electrophoresis and computer DNA analysis. 1999-2002
Pain Management in the Opioid Dependent Patient. Schneck Medical Center. November 2013.
A Clinical Overview of Pharmacogenomic Testing. Schneck Medical Center. July 2013.
Headaches. An educational session for the public. Schneck Medical Center. July 2012.
A Comprehensive Overview of Opioids. University Hospitals Case Medical Center. December 2010.