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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 anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Verdolin's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Verdolin is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of National Naval Medical Center's residency program. 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 areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Pal (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Punjabi. Dr. Pal has a special interest in pain management and anesthesia. He is affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Pal graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. His residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 pediatric radiologist, interventional pain specialist, and radiation oncologist in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: vertebroplasty, MRI angiogram (MRA), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). Dr. Olsen is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Olsen attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Renal Angioplasty, Kyphoplasty, Paracentesis, Thrombectomy, Vertebroplasty, Inferior Vena Cava ... (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' medical specialty is pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. He has a special interest in uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Dr. Nichols is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Nichols trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for his residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He welcomes 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. His clinical interests include varicocele, radiofrequency ablation, and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Dr. Dente is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Varicocele, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Radiofrequency Ablation

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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 pediatric radiologist, interventional pain specialist, and radiation oncologist. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Flynn attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Flynn honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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 specialist in pediatric radiology, interventional pain medicine, and radiation oncology. He works in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Bower's clinical interests include varicocele, vertebroplasty, and radiofrequency ablation. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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.