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We found 4 pain specialists near Opelika, AL.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
890 North Dean Road; Suite 100
Auburn, AL
(334) 501-2005

Dr. Eric Robinson is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist in Auburn, AL. The average patient rating for Dr. Robinson is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Robinson accepts Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
2000 Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, AL
(334) 528-2499

Dr. Glenn Woods' specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He practices in Opelika, AL. He attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Woods honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
2000 Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, AL
(334) 887-1826

Dr. James Bridges works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2000 Pepperell Parkway; 2nd Floor, 2se
Opelika, AL
(334) 528-2400

Dr. Ankur Patel's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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What is Pain Medicine?

Pain medicine is a specialty closely related to, but separate from, anesthesiology. Whereas anesthesiologists typically work to relieve a patient’s pain during surgery or another medical procedure, pain medicine specialists work to relieve their patients’ pain as they are out living their lives.

Pain medicine specialists treat patients who have acute or chronic pain. The pain may be a symptom of their problem (e.g. they are hurting because they were in a car accident), or the pain may be the problem itself (e.g. they are having migraine headaches). The pain specialist’s goal is to prevent pain from interfering with a patient’s quality of life.

Pain medicine specialists must have a thorough understanding of the physiology of pain, how it is caused, and what effects it has on the body. A good pain medicine specialist is able to evaluate patients who are hurting and who may not always be able to communicate their problems very well. To gain more information about their patients’ condition, pain medicine physicians can interpret specialized imaging tests. Using this information, pain medicine specialists must be able to prescribe a balanced treatment plan.

There are several treatments that pain medicine specialists may use to alleviate pain for their patients. They can prescribe medication, perform certain procedures, and refer patients to rehabilitation services. Often they will recommend multiple treatment methods to be used simultaneously. Some of these pain treatments include:
  • Implantable devices (intrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator)
  • Injections (corticosteroids)
  • Medications (Percocet, Vicodin)
  • Nerve blocks (anesthetic injected into a nerve)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Alternative medicine therapies, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and hypnosis

Being in pain takes away your enjoyment of life. It can lead to depression and stop you from engaging in even everyday activities. Because pain can’t be seen or tested for, it is sometimes overlooked by others. A pain medicine specialist works to safely restore your quality of life.