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We found 7 interventional pain specialists who accept Blue Shield PPO near Chula Vista, CA.

Dr. Michael Henry Verdolin, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
374 H Street; 201
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Michael Verdolin is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. Dr. Verdolin accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Verdolin attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Verdolin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Verdolin is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Facet Injection, Epidural Steroid Injection, Spinal Cord Stimulator, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
690 Otay Lakes Road; #110
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Joshua Pal is a specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He works in Carlsbad, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and Vista, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of pain management and anesthesia. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. Dr. Pal graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Pal trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Pal (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Walter L Olsen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Radiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Radiology
765 Medical Center Court; Suite 100
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Walter Olsen is a physician who specializes in pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Olsen include vertebroplasty, MRI angiogram (MRA), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). Dr. Olsen takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, he completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Olsen is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Renal Angioplasty, Kyphoplasty, Paracentesis, Thrombectomy, Vertebroplasty, Coronary Angioplasty, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Patrick Flynn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Radiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Radiology
751 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Robert Flynn, who practices in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Flynn performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Flynn welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Clinton R Nichols, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Radiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Radiology
751 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Clinton Nichols' areas of specialization are pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. In his practice, Dr. Nichols focuses on uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Dr. Nichols is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Nichols's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Varicose Veins, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Spider Veins

Dr. John J Dente, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Radiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Radiology
751 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. John Dente works as a pediatric radiologist, interventional pain specialist, and radiation oncologist. His areas of expertise consist of varicocele, radiofrequency ablation, and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Dr. Dente takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of Long Island Jewish Medical Center's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Varicocele, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Radiofrequency Ablation

Dr. Bruce L Bower, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Radiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Radiology
751 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Bower is a pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bower include varicocele, vertebroplasty, and radiofrequency ablation. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Bower completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Bower is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Renal Angioplasty, Varicocele, Varicose Veins, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Vertebroplasty, ... (Read more)

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What is Interventional Pain Medicine?

Interventional pain medicine is a specialty that is devoted to the management of pain through medical procedures, without the routine use of prescription medications. Usually practiced by anesthesiologists or pain medicine specialists, this subspecialty has had a marked increase in demand in recent years, as the illegal abuse of narcotic painkillers has become a nation-wide problem.

Interventional pain medicine physicians must be adept at diagnosing their patients. Until they can accurately pinpoint the source of the pain, it can be difficult to treat it effectively. In some cases, the pain has an obvious cause, such as the hurt experienced when healing after surgery or when dealing with some cancers. In other cases, there is no obvious problem causing the pain, and the pain itself is the issue. This can be the case with chronic lower back pain, migraines, neuropathies, and other disorders.

There are many treatment options that interventional pain medicine doctors might use to ease a patient’s pain, ranging from non-invasive to minimally invasive. Some of these treatments are:
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidurals
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet injections, which are injections of small amounts of anesthetic into the joints of the spine
  • Radiofrequency denervation, or the use of radio waves to stop painful nerves from firing
  • Spinal cord stimulation, or the use of electrical currents along the spine to interfere with the transmission of pain signals
  • Implanted intrathecal or epidural injection drug delivery systems

Reducing pain doesn’t just help you feel better -- it allows you to become more active and increases your ability to heal. The goal of interventional pain medicine is to help people who are hurting to get back to working, playing, sleeping, and enjoying their life fully.