We found 37 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield of California near Garden Grove, CA.

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Dr. Shalini Suresh Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shalini Shah works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Shah's distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; FAER scholar; and grant - American Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Medication Management, Lower Back Pain, Intrathecal Pain Pump Implantation, Chronic Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakhi Kawatra, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Rakhi Dayal's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; she sees patients in Los Angeles, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. She studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Dayal trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for her residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dayal is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Spinal Pain, Cancer Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Todd Toliver, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1809 East Dyer Road; Suite 311
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Toliver works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. These areas are among Dr. Toliver's clinical interests: pain management and anesthesia. The average patient rating for Dr. Toliver is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for his residency. Dr. Toliver (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Toliver is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Danielle Perret Karimi, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
333 City Boulevard W; Suite #2150
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Danielle Karimi is a rehabilitation physician and pain specialist in Irvine, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Karimi trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Graduate Medical Education Service Award; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Southern California Rising Stars. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Karimi is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Pain, Pelvic Pain, Spine Problems, Chronic Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 305
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reza Mahrou is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mahrou include pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mahrou honors. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Ariana Marie Marciniec, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ariana Nelson specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Nelson's education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hip Pain, Nerve Problems, Knee Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fractures

Dr. Medhat Fouad Mikhael, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
16787 Beach Boulevard; Suite 276
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Medhat Mikhael's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mikhael speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He attended medical school at Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mikhael has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Dr. Navid Alem, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Navid Alem is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Alem's residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Alem is conversant in Persian. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Armen Garo Chalian, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1100 W Stewart Drive
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Armen Chalian practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In his practice, Dr. Chalian focuses on pain management. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Armenian. Dr. Chalian is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
9896 Garden Grove Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Carson Ling is an interventional pain specialist in Downey, CA and Garden Grove, CA. Dr. Ling speaks Mandarin. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. He is affiliated with PIH Health. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Ling honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Jane C Ahn, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jane Ahn is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Tustin, CA, Stanford, CA, and Irvine, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahn accepts. Before completing her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Ahn attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Ahn's hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Shermeen B Vakharia, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Vakharia takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Vakharia attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. She has received the following distinction: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. Dr. Vakharia's hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
9940 Talbert Avenue; Suite 101
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Neil Soni's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical Center's residency program. His clinical interests include pain management. Patient reviews placed Dr. Soni at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Soni is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Amir Abbas Pouradib, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Amir Pouradib specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pouradib honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Pouradib attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Pain Management Associates, and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Dr. Chiwai Eddy Chan, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
11160 Warner Avenue; 417
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Chiwai Chan specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine and practices in Fountain Valley, CA and Laguna Hills, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Chan at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Chan attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Lower Back Problems, Spine Problems, Cancer, Pain ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Eugne Harris, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Harris works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Pain Management Associates, and AppleCare Medical Group. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Harris completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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.
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