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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 specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine and practices in La Mesa, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and National City, CA. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. Dr. Verdolin is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Verdolin takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Verdolin attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Verdolin (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. His clinical interests encompass pain management and anesthesia. Dr. Pal is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Pal trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Pal (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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 specialist in pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. He works in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. His areas of expertise include vertebroplasty, MRI angiogram (MRA), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Olsen attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Olsen is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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

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; he sees patients in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. His areas of expertise include uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Dr. Nichols is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients.

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

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 is a medical specialist in pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. Dr. Flynn is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency.

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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 specializes in pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. Dr. Dente's clinical interests include varicocele, radiofrequency ablation, and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Dente's office for an appointment.

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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 practices pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: varicocele, vertebroplasty, and radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Bower is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bower completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bower is open to 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.